ArmInfo. Measures have been started in Armenia to build a large wind power station. The work is carried out by the company from the United Arab Emirates "Aksen Infra Central Asia Limited," the press service of the Ministry of Energy Infrastructures and Natural Resources of the Republic of Armenia.
According to the source, in order to study the resource of wind power the company in Gegharkunik region installed a tower, which has not yet had analogues in Armenia. The height of the tower is 80 meters. In April, the company intends to install another tower, but in another place.
According to the Deputy Minister of Energy Infrastructures and Natural Resources Hayk Harutyunyan, in March last year the Armenian government decided to assist Aksen Infra Central Asia Limited in order to build wind power stations with a total installed capacity of 150 MW. "If the expectations are met, then in the next two to three years, there will be an unparalleled wind power station in Armenia, which will be located in the mountainous area and become the highest in the world." A number of innovative solutions are envisaged for this purpose, "Hayk Harutyunyan said.
Earlier, the Spanish company Aksiona announced its interest in the construction of a wind power plant in Armenia, which in March last year signed a memorandum of understanding with the Ministry of Energy Infrastructures and Natural Resources of the Republic of Armenia providing for the construction of wind power stations in the country with a total installed capacity of 100-150 MW.
"The company has started works on assessing the wind potential, two monitoring stations and one Sodar system are installed at an altitude of 80 meters," Hayk Harutyunyan said. It should be noted that in 2003 the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) of the United States compiled a map of the wind potential of Armenia, according to which the economically sound wind potential is estimated at 450 MW with electricity generation of 1.26 billion kWh / year.
The main promising areas are the Zod Pass, the Bazum Mountains, the Pushkin and Karakhach Passs, the Jajur Pass, the Geghama Mountain Range, the Sevan Pass, the Aparan District, the high mountain range between the Sisian and Goris districts, and the Meghri district. The company has completed monitoring under the wind power program at the Sotsky pass of Gegharkunik region. is negotiating with various companies to attract investments for the construction of the wind farm "Zod" with a total installed capacity of 20 MW. Within the framework of the wind energy program of the Armenian- Italian private company , monitoring was completed at the Karakhachi pass of the Shirak region.
The company received a license from the Public Services Regulatory Commission for the construction of a wind farm "Karakhach-1" with a total installed capacity of up to 20 MW. In the future it is planned to increase its capacity to 140 MW.