ArmInfo. There are no, and cannot be, problems with the production capacity of electricity in Armenia, Chairman of the Public Services Regulatory Commission Garegin Baghramyan assured journalists on June 2 in the parliament.
According to Baghramyan, in the case of a shutdown of the nuclear power plant for 141 days, it was planned to replace it with the production resource of the Hrazdan TPP. A balance sheet was drawn up for the production of the Hrazdan TPP, and tariffs were set. "In May, it became possible to import cheap electricity from Georgia - in this part, the work of the Hrazdan TPP was suspended," Garegin Baghramyan said that one of the TPP units will be connected in June.
In particular, as the head of the PSRC explained, the electricity of the TPP costs about 33 drams, and the electricity imported from Georgia is about 24 drams . "Thus, the system generates a profit of 9 AMD per kilowatt. They will be deducted from the final tariff when they are revised next year," he said.
Referring to the losses of the electric power system due to the fact that Armenia imported it, including from Artsakh, Garegin Baghramyan stated that the planned export volume was about 300-330 million kilowatt- hours of electricity out of about 6-7 billion generated in the RA itself. "Electricity was exported from Artsakh at a price of about 25-26 drams, and the electricity generated by the Hrazdan TPP costs 33 drams, and when we replaced it, we lost 8 drams in each kilowatt," Baghramyan said.
At the same time, as the PSRC head assured, today Artsakh does not face the problem of energy security, since it is connected in parallel to the energy system of Armenia and uses it if necessary.
To recall, On May 15, the key Planned-precautionary repair started at the Armenian NPP as part of a project to modernize and extend the life of the plant. The Armenian NPP will shutdown for 141 days - this is the longest maintenance work since the start of the project. Such a long shutdown is connected with the final important work on the modernization of the second power unit of the Armenian NPP. Activities at the NPP are carried out to improve the efficiency and reliability of the plant.