ArmInfo.The Caucasian Power Transmission Network Program, which provides for the construction of a power transmission line and an Armenia-Georgia substation for the organization of parallel synchronous operation of the energy systems of the two countries, will start working after 2025 in the best case scenario.
As Deputy Minister of Territorial Administration Hakob Vardanyan said in a speech in the parliament, the difficulties with the organization of the parallel operation mode are connected with the delay in the construction of infrastructure, including the converter station.
However, as the deputy minister said, there are no difficulties with ensuring the island regime of electricity flow. Today, Armenia purchases electricity from Georgia in the import regime, not because of a deficit, but because of its cheapness, thanks to which, for the first time in recent years, it has been possible to provide "tariff savings" in the amount of 2.6 billion drams from February to early June.
To recall, within the framework of the Caucasian Power Transmission Network Program, it is planned to build the "Ddmashen" with a voltage of 400/220/10 kV substation, "Ayrum" converter station of 400/500 kV, with the possibility of synchronizing the work of regional power systems.
To note, however, that the project for the construction of the North-South energy corridor, designed to unite the electric power systems of Iran, Armenia, Georgia and Russia, faced a number of problems. The program for the construction of 400-kilovolt power lines Iran-Armenia and Armenia-Georgia was to be implemented by the end of 2019. And if the construction of the Iran-Armenia power transmission line has been completed by 40-50%, then the parties have not started to build a similar power transmission line with Georgia. The terms of reference for the program were developed by the German bank KfW, which finances the program, and the company FICHTNER, which won the tender to identify the project consultant. According to the terms of reference, the project was divided into several stages. At the first stage, it was planned to modernize an electrical substation with a voltage of 220 kV, build a new substation with a voltage of 400 kV, and build a new overhead power line to the Georgian border.