Construction at Khudaferin and Giz Galasi hydro-junctions nearing completion

Oil&Gas Materials 30 November 2020 10:58 (UTC +04:00)
Construction at Khudaferin and Giz Galasi hydro-junctions nearing completion

BAKU, Azerbaijan, Nov.30

By Leman Zeynalova – Trend:

Nagorno-Karabakh and surrounding regions are rich of renewables, namely, hydro-energy, solar, wind, bioenergy and geothermal energy, Azerbaijan’s Minister of Energy Parviz Shahbazov said in an exclusive interview with Trend.

“One of the key goals is to ensure the effective use of those resources. To this end, it is planned to build metering and monitoring stations to evaluate the exact potential in the abovementioned spheres and to conduct technical-feasibility study of constructing the stations.

“According to preliminary estimates, the region has more than 4,000 megawatts of solar power and up to 500 megawatts of wind energy potential. Initially, we have selected seven perspective areas with favorable conditions to implement solar energy projects in Fizuli, Jabrail, Zangilan, Gubadli, Lachin and Kalbajar districts. Moreover, mountainous areas of Lachin and Kalbajar districts have wide territories where the average annual wind speed reaches 7-8 meters per second at an altitude of 100 meters.

“25 percent of Azerbaijan’s domestic water reserves accounts for Karabakh, which means a great hydro-energy potential. The dam construction at Khudaferin and Giz Galasi hydro-junctions on Aras river is nearing completion and we continue cooperation with Iran on constructing power plants. We also carrying out preparatory works to start repairs at some small hydro-power plants in the liberated lands.

“We have launched infrastructure projects in some settlements of the liberated lands. One of our important tasks is to ensure electricity and gas supply for the people who will return to the liberated lands. As part of the general restoration work, the issues related to construction of transmission and distribution networks - the construction of power lines of different voltages, as well as substations will soon be resolved. At the same time, practical works will begin to ensure gas supply in the liberated cities and regions,” said Shahbazov.


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