Azerbaijan's electricity generating capacities allow to completely ensure the country's peak demand for electric energy, the head of state-owned power producer Azerenergy's consumer control department said on Tuesday.
Elchin Mammadov said the country's generating capacities are used in various amounts and at different times, which depends on demand, weather conditions and seasons. Nonetheless, Azerbaijan has enough capacity to completely ensure the electricity supply.
"There are enough resources to ensure the peak energy demand of the country," Mammadov said, adding that it also allows exporting electrical power abroad.
According to him, currently the country's power capacity exceeds 6,200 MWt and the capacities will be expanded further with the commissioning of new facilities.
Moreover, Mammadov said much attention should be paid to the issues of renovation and replacement of the outdated generating capacities of the power transmission system. He added, "The important aspect of the problem is close location of the utilities and the consumers to the generating capacities with a view to avoid loss in the energy system."
According to Mammadov, in the future it will be necessary to ensure renewal of the capacities of the Azerbaijani thermal electric power station, which has been in service for 30 years, or provide alternative generating capacities.
Azerenergy is the biggest power producer of the country, which has the leading position for the number and length of distribution networks.
At present, more than 200 power substations with capacity of 500, 330, 220 and 110 kWt ; Mingachevir, Varvara, Shamkir, Yenikand, Araz and Vaykhir Hydro Power Plants, Azerbaijan, Shirvan, Shimal, Baku Thermal Power Corporation, Babek, Astara, Shaki, Khachmaz, Nakhchivan, Baku, Sangachal, Shahdagh and Sumgait Thermal Power Plants are included in the company.
Construction of some new power plants and substations and capital repair of available facilities are planned in the future.