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Azerbaijan becomes a major energy exporter


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The capacity and potential of the energy system are essential factors for the energy security of each country, reports Trend.

The measures taken over the past 19 years to modernize Azerbaijan’s energy sector were mainly aimed at providing citizens with sustainable electricity.

The participation of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev in the inauguration of a new 110/35/10 kV electricity substation and a general management center of the digital network belonging to Azerishig OJSC on June 10 in Baku confirms the sustainability of the measures aimed at modernizing the country’s energy economy. In addition, the new substation, built near Fuzuli Square in the Yasamal district of the capital, was built to meet Baku’s rapidly growing electricity demand, as well as to ensure the reliability of energy supply. .

The commissioning of Yashma Junction Substation on February 8, 2022, as well as Gobu Substation and 385 megawatt Gobu Power Station of Gobu Energy Junction on February 11, 2022, attended by of President Ilham Aliyev, were of interstate strategic importance.

In addition, the inauguration of Agdam-1 and Agdam-2 substations, the Center for Digital Management of the Karabakh Regional Electricity Network and the Aghjabadi substation portends that 2022 will make a significant contribution to the improvement of the energy system.

Infrastructure projects aimed at increasing generation capacities are particularly essential to improve the business and investment environment in the country and meet the growing needs of commercial entities for electricity. The implementation of vital energy projects since 2003, the construction of more than 30 new 3,000 MW power plants have improved the country’s energy supply.

Thanks to the special attention of President Ilham Aliyev, the overall production capacity of the Azerbaijani energy system has reached 8,000 MW, which has made the country an energy exporting country. Astara, Nakhchivan, Shaki and Khachmaz power stations with a capacity of 87 megawatts each, Baku power station with 105 megawatts, Sangachal power station with 300 megawatts, Sumgait power station with 525 megawatts, 105 megawatt Shahdag Power Station, 780 megawatt Janub Power Station and others have increased the generation capacity of the country’s power system.

The Shimal-1 power station and the 400 megawatt Shimal-2 power station commissioned in 2019 supply 20% of Azerbaijan’s electricity production.

In accordance with President Ilham Aliyev’s instructions to prevent the repetition of similar accidents that occurred in 2018, Azerenergy has taken a number of measures. The rehabilitation program prepared for this purpose ensured the implementation of comprehensive measures in the energy sector.

In addition, 23 power plants and substations were built or restored in 2021. The 500 kV substation of Absheron, the 220 kV substations of Khirdalan and Hovsan, as well as the 110 kV substations of Binagadi, Khirdalan -2 and Mashtaga, Surakhani, are of paramount importance from this point of view. Due to the measures to ensure uninterrupted power supply to the liberated territories of Azerbaijan, 13 electrical installations were built, including nine 110/35/10 kV digital substations.

The Presidential Order “On measures to create a green energy zone in the liberated territories of Azerbaijan” envisages the efficient use of renewable energy sources in the liberated territories. To this end, Azerbaijan also cooperates closely with foreign partners. The agreement reached with bp on the implementation of a 240 MW solar power plant project in the districts of Zangilan and Jabrayil is just one example. A number of other foreign companies also express their intention to participate in renewable energy projects in Karabakh.

The presence of President Ilham Aliyev at the opening ceremony of the Gulyabird hydropower station in Lachin in 2021, as well as the small hydropower stations Sugovushan-1, Sugovushan-2, Kalbajar-1, commissioning of Shusha, Fuzuli, Shukurbeyli , Kalbajar, Jabrayil, Zangilan, Gubadli once again confirm the significant potential of the country.

President Ilham Aliyev, speaking at the official opening ceremony of the 27th Caspian International Oil and Gas Expo on the sidelines of Baku Energy Week, said the development of the industry energy in our country and the strengthening of the export potential in this field is one of the primary objectives.

“By the way, Azerbaijan exports not only oil and gas, but also electricity, huge potential, experience. All these factors play an important role in attracting large energy companies to invest in renewable energy. And already this year, we had two inauguration ceremonies with major energy companies, ACWA Power and Masdar, and now the construction of two wind and solar power plants with a total capacity of 470 megawatts is already underway. Next, these two plants will be commissioned, and this is only the beginning,” said the president.

The fact that Azerbaijan, which has fully ensured its energy security, pays great attention to other alternative projects, further expands the opportunities in this area.

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