Azerbaijan, Baku /corr. A.Badalova / The President of Azerbaijan's Azereneji JSC, Etibar Priverdiyev, said on 20 October that since the end of the last year, Azerbaijan has significantly decreased the electricity import.
"Since the end of the last year, we have become free from the understanding of import. However, it needs to connect each energy system to others. This connection increases their reliability," he said.
Azerbaijan has an electricity transmission line, Derbend-Yashma, with Russia. The electricity in this line goes to Russia in certain time of the day and comes to Azerbaijan in other times. In addition, Azerbaijan has 200KWt line with Georgia.
"Moreover, we use Georgia's surplus of hydro-power engineering and supply our electricity to them," Priverdiyev said.
Further, we exchange electricity with Iran to supply power to Nakchivan Autonomous Republic of Azerbaijan. New electric power stations were constructed in Azerbaijan in the recent years, which resulted in significant decrease of the electricity import to Nakchivan.
Other goal is to transform Azerbaijan into a transit country. Works are being carried out to increase the volume of the electricity exchange between Azerbaijan and Iran from 200 MWt to 800MWt. In addition, talks are continuing with regards to the project on energy bridge Azerbaijan-Georgia-Turkey. Talks are also held with Russia.
"Thus, we will fully increase our transit opportunities. In future, Azerbaijan may transform into a electricity exporting country. We will already have export possibilities after two or three years," Priverdiyev said.