Azerenergy to ensure uninterrupted electricity supplies this winter

By Vusala Abbasova

Azerbaijan’s biggest power producer, Azerenergy JSC, will ensure uninterrupted supplies of electricity this winter throughout Azerbaijan, according to Press Secretary of the Azerenergy Tanriverdi Mustafayev.

To achieve these results, specialists at the company have made progress not only in Baku, but also in country's regions in replacing the outdated wooden electric poles, transformers, and substations, said Mustafayev.

Furthermore, the company has constructed roughly 700 new transformer substations, and 700 more will be built by end of the current year.

In addition, as many as 34 substations and power transmission lines with a total length of 50 kilometers are under construction, while about 100,000 wooden power transmission poles have been replaced with iron.

Mustafayev also mentioned that the company would work through Gurban Bayram on September 24-25.

For these purposes, the company's staff will work at various shifts throughout the day either in Baku or in the regions, Mustafayev stressed.

Azerenergy Company has over 200 substations of 500, 330, 220 and 110 kilovolt amperes capacity, as well as eight hydro power plants and 14 thermal power plants.

The main sources of electricity generation in the country are gas (92 percent), hydroelectricity (7.9 percent), and alternative sources (0.1 percent).

The company expects to reduce the level of technical loss in Azerbaijan’s electricity distribution networks from 16.5 to 6.5 percent and the rate of loss through energy transmission lines from 4.3 to 2.8 percent by 2020.

Azerbaijan’s power industry has achieved significant results for the last 10 years, increasing the export potential of the country to a projected six billion kilowatt hours.

There are 7,200 megawatts of installed capacity of Azerbaijan’s power supply system, which now produces about 24 billion kilowatt hours annually, allowing Azerbaijan to export 2.1 billion kilowatt hours every year.

Azerbaijan has increased electricity exports by almost two times since the beginning of the current year.

The country exported 17.52 million kilowatt hours of electricity, worth $943,960 million, this January. This rate is a significant increase from the 9.6 million kilowatt hours, worth $557,780 million, exported in January 2014, the State Customs Committee reported.

In 2014, Azerbaijan produced 23.11 billion kilowatt hours of electricity, 6.7 percent more than in 2013.

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