Turkey ready to transit electric power from Azerbaijan and Georgia to Europe and Arabic countries
Azerbaijan, Baku, Nov. 2 / Trend A. Tagiyeva /
Turkey intends to transport electric power within the transmission line synchronization project between Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey to neighboring countries such as Bulgaria or Syria, chairman of board, director general of the Turkish Electricity Trading and Contracting Corp. (TETAS) Hacı Duran Gokkaya told Trend on Wednesday.
"Thus, Turkey will deal with electric power trade and its transit," he said.
He said that at present, the operations are underway to implement this project. The Turkish side is fully ready to receive electric power.
"It is planned to complete all necessary work by mid-2012," he said. "However, the main role in the project implementation belongs to Azerbaijan and Turkey."
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.
He said that 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.