Azerbaijan’s country-wide electricity blackout: Problems, Causes, and Results

Azerbaijan’s country-wide electricity blackout: Problems, Causes, and Results

The problems that occurred in the supply of electricity in Azerbaijan as a result of an accident in the Mingachevir Thermal Power Plant (TPP) in the first week of July caused rightful concern among the public. This accident brought the energy security of Azerbaijan into question, as it revealed serious problems in an important strategic field of the country. Although there are 38 power plants in the country, the accident, which happened in just one of them, caused electricity to go out in 39 regions of the country. In addition, big enterprises owned by Baku Metropolitan, “Azersu”, and State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR), including hospitals and other institutions of strategic importance, stopped operating as a result of this accident.

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