4 Jul 2018 10:59

Power supply restored in Azerbaijan after second blackout in past 24 hours

BAKU. July 4 (Interfax) - The Azerenergy joint stock company has fully restored power supply in Azerbaijan after accidents, which occurred in the national power grid on Tuesday, Azerenergy public relations officer Yahya Babanli told Interfax.

"Power supply has been fully restored in Baku and Azerbaijan as a whole. Efforts are being taken to ensure the steady operation of the power grid and avoidance of new accidents," Babanli said.

Azerbaijan has sufficient domestic capacities and does not need additional electricity imports, Babanli said. "Power grids of Azerbaijan and Russia are operating in the parallel mode," he said.

A transformer broke at a substation of the Azerbaijani thermal power plant in the small hours of July 3. According to the Energy Ministry, the substation must have had a short circuit, which disrupted the normal power of the entire power plant. The ministry explained the accident occurred because of a heat wave and the growing consumption of electricity. All of Azerbaijan had several hours of blackout as a result.

By mid-day, power supply was restored to 100% in Baku and 85-86% in regions.

Another blackout occurred in Baku and most of Azerbaijan on Tuesday night.