ArmInfo. The construction of 400-kilovolt third high-voltage power transmission line Iran-Armenia will be completed in 2019. On February 13, Deputy Minister of Energy Infrastructures and Natural Resources Hayk Harutyunyan stated at a meeting with journalists.
According to him, construction works at this facility are being carried out at an active pace - 166 bases have been dug for the installation of poles, of which 140 have already been concreted, and 80 have been assembled. In parallel, work is under way to build a 400-kV Noravan electrical substation. This year, the deputy minister continued, the main volume will be completed, and commissioning of the facility is scheduled for 2019.
As for the fourth power transmission line Armenia-Georgia, then, as the deputy minister noted, negotiations with partners are now under way to change the structure and financing scheme of the project. This is necessary to increase the efficiency of the program and reduce the burden of external debt. As previously informed ArmInfo, the consultant of the construction project of the electricity transmission line Armenia- Georgia - the company "Fichtner GmbH & Co. KG" - has prepared a tender package for the selection of the general contractor. The project itself is planned to be implemented in three phases. Sources of funding for the first two phases are already known. Within the first two stages, it is planned to build the power transmission line itself with a voltage of 400 kilovolts and two DC substations in Ddmashen and Ayrum, which will allow starting work with the electric power system of Georgia in asynchronous mode. Prior to this, the impact of the project on the environment and social impact was assessed. This work is planned to be completed before the end of this year, after which construction work will start. Within the framework of the project it is planned to unite the electric power systems of Armenia and Georgia, which will promote the development of mutually beneficial regional cooperation within the framework of the created energy corridor Iran-Armenia-Georgia-Russia. The preliminary cost of the program, according to the company FICHTNER will be 326.9 million euros, 10% of which is part of the contribution of Georgia. The project is planned to be implemented in several stages. At the first stage, it is planned to build a converter substation in Ayrum and a 500 kilovolt air line with a length of 8 km towards Georgia. The second stage involves the construction of a 400-kilovolt electrical substation with a single transformer at the village of Ddmashen and a 400-kilovolt air-line, which will enable the exchange of 350 megawatts of electricity. Then a module will be installed in Ayrum, and a second transformer will be installed in Ddmashen to support a capacity of 700 megawatts. Based on the requirements of market and regional cooperation, at the final stage, the third stage will install the second DC module, which will make it possible to increase capacity to 1,050 megawatts. The first two phases of the program are estimated at 188.2 million euros. Sources of the necessary funds for their financing have already been determined. To this end, in 2014-2015, three loan agreements were signed. In particular, 168 million euros were allocated by the German bank KfW as a loan, the European Investment Bank provided another 10 million euros. It is expected to receive another 10 million euros in the form of a grant from the European Commission. The first two stages of the program are envisaged to be implemented in parallel mode. The works are carried out in accordance with the established schedule, according to which construction work will begin in late 2017 and will be completed by the end of 2019. At the same time, the program of construction of the third 400-kilovolt Iran-Armenia power line is being implemented, the cost of which is $ 107. The funds are provided by the Iranian side, for which Armenia will pay with electricity supplies. The project is also planned to be completed in 2019.