Khudafarin, Giz Galasi Hydropower Plants To Positively Impact Transformation Of Azerbaijan's Eastern Zangezur Into Green Energy Zone - Analyst

(MENAFN- Trend News Agency) BAKU, Azerbaijan, May 27. Khudafarin and GizGalasi hydropower plants (HPPs) will positively impact thetransformation of Azerbaijan's Eastern Zangezur into a green energyzone, economist Eyyub Kerimli said, Trend reported.

Kerimli pointed out that the construction of the two hydropowerplants (HPPs) will positively influence not only the economicdevelopment of the region but also that of Azerbaijan and Iran.

"It will have a positive impact on the development of theEastern Zangezur and Nakhchivan economic regions, facilitatingenergy exchange. The commissioning of hydroelectric facilities willsignificantly boost the region's economic potential, agriculture,and entrepreneurial activities. With approximately 252,000 hectaresof cultivable land in these areas, the expansion of irrigationsystems will further enhance agricultural productivity. Moreover,it will foster stronger economic ties between Azerbaijan andIran.

The presence of hydroelectric facilities will catalyze thetransformation of Eastern Zangezur into a green energy hub, the operation of these projects is projected to save80 million cubic meters of gas flaring, aligning with our country'senvironmental protection and green living strategy,” he said.

Energy expert Ilham Shaban told Trend that the Khudafarin andGiz Galasi hydroelectric power plants are primarily intended foragricultural use. He underscored that both Azerbaijan and Iran planto utilize them for irrigation purposes.

“The energy harnessed from the hydrosystems will be utilizedefficiently. Turbines have been installed to generate energy with acapacity of 280 MW, which will be distributed between bothcountries. The allocation of 140 MW to Azerbaijan equates to 300million kilowatt-hours of sustainable electricity annually, asignificant amount.

By the commencement of COP29, 32 small hydropower plants with acombined capacity of approximately 300 MW will be operational inliberated areas. These plants are expected to produce over 700million kilowatt-hours of electricity.

With the addition of the Khudafarin and Giz Galasi hydropowerplants, the total electricity generation from liberated territorieswill surpass one billion kilowatt-hours. Moreover, the number ofsmall hydroelectric power plants in these areas is projected toincrease to 50 in the coming years, contributing to the growth ofAzerbaijan's green energy potential. These territories willgenerate approximately 2 billion kilowatt-hours of green energy,”he added.


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