As much as 70 percent of electricity in Azerbaijan is produced at facilities located in the country’s regions, Azerbaijani Economic Development Minister Shahin Mustafayev said. He was speaking at a conference on the outcome of the third year of the implementation of the ‘State Program of Socio-Economic Development of Regions of Azerbaijan for 2009-2013".
"This demonstrates the regions’ important role in ensuring the country’s supply with electricity," said Mr Mustafayev. He noted that 310 transformers and 25 substations were installed and commissioned and up to 3,700 kilometers of power transmission lines were built in Azerbaijan in 2011.
As part of the work on producing alternative energy, an experimental hybrid site with a power capacity of five megawatts and a training center – equipped with wind turbines, solar power and biogas stations – were commissioned in 2011," Mr Mustafayev said.
He said that in 2011, work also continued on the gasification of residential settlement, where more than 5,000 kilometers of gas pipelines were laid and 1,537 km of gas pipelines were repaired. "As a result, 148 residential settlements were supplied with gas," Mr Mustafayev said.