TETAS head: Start of electricity exports from Azerbaijan to Georgia and Turkey scheduled for 2012

Oil&Gas Materials 7 January 2011 13:55 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan.7 / Trend A.Akhundov /

Talks are underway for laying 500 megawatt power transmission lines (PTL) between Turkey and Georgia, which will synchronize the power systems of these countries and Azerbaijan, said the Board Chairman and Director General of the Turkish State Electricity Trading Company (TETAS), Hacı Duran Gokkaya told Trend today.

"Implementation of this project will allow supplying electricity to Turkey from Georgia and Azerbaijan," Gokkaya said.

According to him, the projects are expected to be completed in 2012.

Also, according to Gokkaya, due to the fact that Turkey's electricity sector is liberalized and privatized, the private sector will deal with the project.

By the end of 2011, Azerenergy JSC will complete reconstruction of high-voltage transmission lines from Mingachevir to Azerbaijan's border with Georgia, the head of JSC Etibar Pirverdiyev said earlier. Work in this direction is conducted as part of establishing a power bridge between Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey.

According to him, from May 2012, it will be technically possible to export electricity from Azerbaijan to Georgia and Turkey.

The Georgian Energy Minister said earlier that the Georgian side has already started the construction of high-voltage transmission line. Construction along the border with Azerbaijan will be completed by the end of 2011, and on the border with Turkey in the first half of 2012.

Last year, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey signed a memorandum of understanding on the project Power Bridge. A joint project was carried out in three countries, which was mainly funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

USAID and the Association of Energy jointly provided technical assistance.

Jointly with Azerenergy, "State Power System of Georgia" and "TETAS" developed a regional model of networks of high voltage.

The working group analyses networks of high voltage in all three countries and carries out identification of investment in terms of regional perspectives that will help improve network capacity and the exchange and sale of electricity. This optimizes overall system security.