Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct. 20 /Trend E.Ismayilov/
The problems that arose in Azerbaijani power system on September 28, were the result of a natural disaster, the Head of Azerenergy (production and distribution of electricity in Azerbaijan) Etibar Pirverdiyev told journalists on Saturday.
Problems in the work of Azerbaijani thermal power plant in Mingechevir were due to heavy rains and lightning, causing a fire at the 330-kV substation.
According to Pirverdiyev, a strike of lightning is also a natural disaster and it's not always possible to forecast and predict such cases. On September 28 damage of the power system's emergency automation caused shortages.
"This happens quite often, and in most cases it is possible to avoid serious problems," Pirverdiyev said.
In his words, such incidents have always existed, even in Soviet times. Nowadays, they also happen in other countries.
Lightning always hits the high buildings and structures. There are at least two chimneys with the height of 310 meters at Mingechevir station.
Pirverdiyev said that there are lightning rods around the damaged substation.
"They have been installed also at other stations, but it's impossible to install them everywhere," he added.
He also noted that research is underway to avoid similar incidents in future.
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