BAKU, Azerbaijan, Feb. 21
By Elnur Baghishov – Trend:
It is hoped that the Khudafarin and Giz Galasi hydroelectric junctions between Iran and Azerbaijan on the Araz River will be put into operation soon, Executive Director of East Azerbaijan Regional Water Company Yousef Ghaffarzadeh said, Trend reports citing the company’s website.
He made the remark after the 3rd meeting of the Iranian-Azerbaijani working group on the construction and launch of the Khudafarin and Giz Galasi hydro junctions and dams in Tabriz.
According to Ghaffarzadeh, during the last two meetings, the documents and maps of Khudafarin hydro junction were exchanged and agreed between the two sides. While in the 3rd meeting, the documents and maps of the Giz Galasi hydro junction were researched and approved.
The director added that the Khudafarin hydro junction has a capacity of 1.61 billion cubic meters of water. This hydro junction can regulate 2 billion cubic meters of water per year.
“The Khudafarin hydro junction is being built jointly between Azerbaijan and Iran on the Araz River to control floods, fishing, and generate 550 gigawatt-hours of electricity per year, and there is currently a 94-percent progress in construction of this hydro junction,” he said.
Ghaffarzadeh emphasized that Giz Galasi hydro junction is located 12 km below the Khudafarin hydro junction. This hydro junction is being built for irrigation and to generate 270 gigawatt hours of electricity per year and there is currently 90-percent progress in construction work.
The meeting of the working group held in Tabriz was chaired by Mammad Asadov, head of the Science, Design, Construction and Foreign Relations Department of Azerbaijan Amelioration and Water Farm Company OJSC and Houshang Gholami, director of the Border Rivers and Joint Water Resources Department of the Iranian Energy Ministry.