Azerbaijani energy operator to be ready for possible freezing of Caspian Sea in future
Azerbaijan, Baku, February 17/ Trend E.Ismaylov/
Azerenergy (production and distribution of electricity in Azerbaijan) company will be ready for severe weather conditions in future, which influenced the work of the "Shimal" hydropower plant and Sumgait power plant this month. These plants play an important role in the power supply of Baku, Azerenergy told Trend on Friday.
"There were no problems in the work of power plants. There were problems with water supplied by the pumps due to the freezing in Caspian Sea", the company reported.
Pumps can not receive water even in the presence of snow in the water. Therefore, after frosts, special events were held, that resulted in restoration of the power plants' work.
"For the first time we faced such a problem with freezing and we will take it into account in future. At present, both power plants run in normal mode without any problems", the company added.
Earlier, the delay in the work of these power plants resulted in power failure in some Baku districts.
Severe weather conditions and low temperatures have been observed on the territory of Azerbaijan since late January. Baku observed a record low temperature of minus 11 degrees on February 8.
The capacity of energy stations which are on the balance of Azerenergy exceeds 6,000 megawatt. Azerenergy has more than 200 substations with capacity of 500, 330, 220 and 110 kilovolts, as well as six hydropower plants and 13 thermal power plants.