Azerbaijani minister talks benefits of hydrowater plants on border with Iran

Oil&Gas Materials 20 October 2020 15:39 (UTC +04:00)
Azerbaijani minister talks benefits of hydrowater plants on border with Iran

BAKU, Azerbaijan, Oct.20

By Fidan Babayeva - Trend:

The process of diversification of the energy systems of Azerbaijan, Iran, and Russia is continuing, Trend reports referring to Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Energy.

According to Energy Minister Parviz Shahbazov, with the consent of the respective energy companies of all three countries, the consultant company has begun preparing a feasibility study for a project to diversify energy systems.

Shahbazov also noted that the governments of Azerbaijan and Iran are fulfilling the tasks arising from the agreement on cooperation in the field of continuing the construction, operation, and use of ‘Khudafarin’ and ‘Giz Galasi’ hydroelectric power plants on the Araz River.

"The construction of ‘Khudafarin’ hydro junction is almost complete, and the work at ‘Giz Galasi’ hydroelectric complex is close to completion. The issues of calculating the costs of construction and damage to ‘Khudafarin’ hydroelectric power plant, as well as the purchase and installation of equipment for the plant,” he said. “These hydroelectric power plants with a daily capacity of more than 1.6 billion cubic meters with a total installed capacity of 280 megawatts create opportunities for joint use of the water and energy resources of the Araz River on both sides.”

The minister noted that these projects are very important for Azerbaijan in the economic and strategic aspects.

"The implementation of these projects will allow Azerbaijan to produce 368 million kilowatt-hours of electricity per year, improving irrigation of the existing 252,000 hectares of land and irrigation of 8,000 hectares of newly sown areas," he summed up.

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