Four hydroelectric power plants being built on Okchuchay river in Azerbaijan

BAKU, Azerbaijan, May 26. Four small
hydroelectric power plants (HPPs) are being built on the Okhchuchay
river, Rustam Rajabov, Chief of Hydrotechnical Service at
Azerenergy JSC (Azerenerji JSC), which is the largest electrical
power producer of Azerbaijan, said at a public hearing on the
report “Environmental Impact Assessment”, Trend reports.

According to Rajabov, 45 percent of the waters of the river are
directed to energy production, and the remaining 55 percent – to
the riverbed.

“Thus, we mean no damage to the environment. Channels and
tunnels have not been dug in the valley of the Okhchuchay River,
only drainage pipes have been laid to supply water to hydroelectric
power stations,” Rajabov said.

Since 2020, Azerbaijan has repeatedly appealed to relevant
international organizations, including the UN Economic Commission
for Europe, the UN Environment Programme and others, in connection
with the environmental threat and critical condition of the
trans-boundary Okhchuchay river, as well as other regional rivers
due to their constant pollution from the Armenian side.

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