New 230 kV power transmission line to connect Azerbaijani, Iranian energy systems
Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct. 18
By Anastasiya Savchenko – Trend:
The negotiations are underway to create Russia-Azerbaijan-Iran energy corridor as part of the North-South project, Azerbaijani Minister of Energy Parviz Shahbazov said in an interview with national Respublika newspaper, Trend reports on Oct. 18.
An agreement on the joint preparation of a feasibility study on the project entitled “Coordination of energy systems of the Azerbaijan Republic, Islamic Republic of Iran and the Russian Federation” was signed with the participation of the electric power companies of the mentioned countries on August 12, 2019.
Presently, a 230-kilovolt-power transmission line Masalli (Azerbaijan)-Astara (Iran) is being built between the Azerbaijani and Iranian energy systems.
The tasks arising from the agreement on cooperation in further construction, operation, use of energy and water resources of the Khudaferin and Giz Galasi hydropower plants on the Araz River between the Azerbaijani and Iranian governments are also being fulfilled.
Thus, the work at the Khudaferin hydroelectric complex is completed by 95 percent and by 50 percent at the Giz Galasi hydroelectric complex.
These hydroelectric power facilities with a total volume of more than 1.6 billion cubic meters, total capacity of 280 megawatts and a planned annual production volume of 766 million kilowatt hours will allow both parties to jointly use the water and energy resources of the Araz River.
During a press-conference dedicated to the outcome of the visit of the Azerbaijani delegation to Iran in February 2017, Azerbaijani Minister of Economy Shahin Mustafayev said that the agreement on cooperation between the Azerbaijani and Iranian governments on the continuation of the construction of Khudaferin and Giz Galasi hydroelectric plants and hydroelectric stations on the Araz River signed on February 23, 2016, provides Azerbaijan with the access to the Azerbaijani territories occupied by Armenia and will give an opportunity to carry out the economic activity on these lands.
The work on the projects of Ordubad and Marazad hydroelectric power plants is underway.
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