Causes of power outage in Azerbaijan announced (UPDATE)
Azerbaijan, Baku, Sept.28 / Trend, E.Ismayilov /
Supply of electricity in Azerbaijan is fully restored, Azerenergy Production Association (electricity production and distribution) told Trend on Friday.
According to official report of Azerenergy, problems in Azerbaijan Thermal Power Plant, located in Mingachevir were due to heavy rain and lightning strike, with resulted in a fire at the 330-kV substation.
"An air switch and 330-kV transformer damaged as a result of lightning strike," the company reports. "Because of damage to emergency automation, there was failure in the country's power system," the report says.
According to the report, electricity supply to Baku and regions of Azerbaijan was restored as a result of work conducted in the shortest possible time.
Fire that occurred at the plant was extinguished by employees of the Emergency Situations Ministry.
Problems with electricity supply associated with failure in energy generating facilities, according to preliminary data, are being observed in most districts of Baku.
As Emergency Situations Ministry of Azerbaijan told Trend, power failure occurred as a result of lightening strike, which led to problems in activity of power plants.
According to witnesses, electricity problems also affected operation of Baku Metro, traffic lights and Internet.
Operation of Baku Metro was restored after 09:00. Earlier metro stations were closed for passengers.
Traffic police currently regulates many key roads of Baku traffic control junctions. Power cut-off has not affected the cellular network, television and radio.