Azerbaijan can attract international audit to study state of its energy system


July 5, Fineko/abc.az. Minister of Emergency Situations of Azerbaijan Kamaleddin Heydarov called the causes of the accident at the Mingachevir Thermal Power Plant, which caused complete failure of the country's energy system.

At the Cabinet Ministers’ meeting held on the occasion the minister stated that oil spilled inside the part where the current switch was located and burned the cables in the channels in front of it.

"We’ve previously reported in letters sent to Azerenerji that the surface of these channels should be tightly closed, they should not be open, so that in case of any accident, the oil would not pour out there. Unfortunately, the surface of the channels in front of almost all 63 switches was not reinforced. The conclusion we have reached as a result of the monitoring carried out in cooperation with the members of the Commission, officials of the General Prosecutor’s Office, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and local security bodies is that none of the comments we had made were taken into account. The area was not cleared of dry grass. We can say none of the cooling units operated. Despite the fact that the temperature of the water coming through the cooling channel from the bottom of the Mingachevir reservoir - though now they say this is an old problem - was to be 12 degrees, on the day of the accident the water temperature was 28 degrees and yesterday - 26 degrees. That is, it interferes with cooling works," the minister said.

He added that in case of an accident at any substation, not only the system should not have failed, but also nothing should have happened in other units of the station. Any accident on electric lines, in other places is the result of lack of coordination and operational communication between the relevant structures.

"This station is physically and morally obsolete. Before allocating funds for its repair, an organization with international experience in this area should conduct an audit there to determine its condition. After that, other companies should submit proposals on how to build it, and in general, on how this system should operate around the country, so as not to interfere with each other, but on the contrary, to support each other. So that in case of an accident at any substation, there would be no problems at thermal power plants and other power plants in the country," the minister emphasized.