YEREVAN, November 4. /ARKA/. The expert commission will develop a program of measures to be taken to lessen electricity supply interruption risks in Armenia, Energy and Natural Resources Minister Armen Movsisyan said Monday at government budget hearings in the National Assembly.
On Saturday, residents of Yerevan and some provinces had their electric power supply cut off because of interruptions in electricity supply from Iran.
The minister said that this happening showed ability to restore the energy system quickly, but Armenia is not shielded from such force majeur situations.
“Our system is out-of-date – time and investments are needed to modernize it,” he said. “Things were put right just in two minutes after the breakdown, since this problem is solved in Iran and since
Iranian energy system is more powerful than ours. Complete restoration took 3 – 3.5 hours from us.”
Movsisyan said there is no need to dramatize, since nothing extraordinary happened, and Armenia was cut off for its nuclear power plant was under repair and re-equipment at that moment.
“It was a technical problem that emerged on the Iranian side,” he stressed.
On September 22, the Armenian Nuclear Power Plant ceased operating for 54 days for a regular repair, fueling and security-enhancing procedures. During the repair Armenia is receiving electricity from Iran. ---0----