Ilham Aliyev: “The issue of energy security of Nakhchivan is fully resolved”

Ilham Aliyev: “The issue of energy security of Nakhchivan is fully resolved”
# 08 April 2014 01:37 (UTC +04:00)

Speaking at the ceremony, President Ilham Aliyev noted that large infrastructure projects had been implemented in Nakhchivan and the region is going through a period of very dynamic development, APA reports.

"This morning I attended the opening of various institutions in Nakhchivan. All this show the strength of our country and the ongoing work in Nakhchivan is at the highest level," said President Aliyev.

According to him, energy issues of Nakhchivan are priority. "We all remember, there were times that Nakhichivan had a very big problem in the supply of electricity. Under leadership of the National Leader the solution of energy security issues of Nakhchivan were started, and today we are successfully continuing this policy. In recent years five plants were built in Nakhchivan. We can say that the issue of energy security of Nakhchivan is fully resolved, "- said the Head of State.

Stressing opening "Vaykhir " and " Bilav " hydroelectric power plants in Nakhchivan in recent years, the President said that today energy supply of Nakhchivan is performed via hydroelectric plants. "It presents Nakhchivan as a unique republic globally. In the world there are very rare cases that domestic needs are met by renewable energy. Today Nakhchivan’s realities are that due to the operation of hydroelectric power plants the energy supply of Nakhchivan has been fully resolved. Currently, the energy potential of Nakhchivan approaching 220 megawatts, which gives the opportunity to increase the export potential of Nakhchivan "- said the President.

President Aliyev said that Azerbaijan, which once made ​​an effort to buy electricity from other countries, today is already exporting electricity from Nakhchivan to Turkey and it will grow in the future, as additional measures are considered to increase the energy potential of Nakhchivan. “There is a need , because the population is growing. The population of Nakhchivan already exceeds 430,000 people. Industry is growing in Nakhchivan, enterprises are launched and social issues find solutions. Thus, in order to ensure the dynamic development of Nakhchivan in the future, we must create new energy capacity, "- said Aliyev.

According to the President, the construction of hydroelectric power station "Arpachay" demonstrates the power of the state . "This project technically was very challenging. The project is implemented by Azerbaijani specialists and workers. In these mountains, the tunnel and facilities were constructed. During project implementation period a new initiative was undertaken by management of Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic, and construction of the station " Arpachay -2 " has also already been implemented. This is today's modern approach, it is the steady development of Nakhchivan " - said President Ilham Aliyev .

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