The stability of Azerbaijan's energy system will be restored soon, spokesman for Azerenergy OJSC Yahya Babanli told Azeri media on Wednesday in the aftermath of the country's blackout on Tuesday.
The electricity supply to a large part of the territory of the Azerbaijan, including the Absheron Peninsula and the city of Baku, was interrupted due to an accident at a voltage transformer.
An explosion at a hydropower station in the city of Mingacevir following overload of the electrical system due to very hot weather and heavy use of air-conditioners caused the blackout.
"Work is underway to launch the power supply unit of the Azerbaijan Thermal Power Plant," Babanli said.
- Commission to undertake blackout investigation
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev instructed governmental bodies on Wednesday to set up a state commission in connection with the accident at the Mingachevir Thermal Power Station and to limit the negative consequences as much as possible, according to the announcement of the presidential office reported by the state news agency, AzerTac.
Strategically important facilities including security, fuel, energy, transport, communications, military and public provision, which could be negatively affected by power cuts, were immediately taken under strict control and their management was organized, the presidential office announced.
Government bodies are currently taking the necessary measures to address the causes of the accident and prevent a repeat in the future.
By Muhsin Baris Tiryakioglu