EU praises Nakhchivan for de­vel­op­ment of al­ter­na­tive en­ergy

Azer News - - Front Page - By Sara Is­rafil­bay­ova

The Nakhchivan Au­tonomous Repub­lic of Azer­bai­jan (NAR) can be­come an ex­am­ple for some Euro­pean coun­tries in the de­vel­op­ment of re­new­able en­ergy.

Bel­gian Am­bas­sador to Azer­bai­jan Bert Schoofs made the re­marks at a press con­fer­ence ded­i­cated to the EU Days in the NAR.

The am­bas­sador noted that Bel­gian com­pa­nies are work­ing in the field of so­lar en­ergy gen­er­a­tion in the NAR.

“Many coun­tries talk about the im­por­tance of en­sur­ing en­ergy se­cu­rity, but in prac­tice they fail to achieve sig­nif­i­cant re­sults. In fact, en­ergy se­cu­rity is en­sured in Nakhchivan. We hope that in the fu­ture this field will de­velop even fur­ther in the NAR. Nakhchivan can be­come an ex­am­ple for some Euro­pean coun­tries in the de­vel­op­ment of re­new­able en­ergy,” Schoofs said.

The Fin­nish Am­bas­sador to Azer­bai­jan Arya Makko­nen, in turn, noted that a Fin­nish com­pany is also work­ing in the NAR in the field of re­new­able en­ergy sources.

“We are in­ter­ested in the de­vel­op­ment of this co­op­er­a­tion in the fu­ture,” the am­bas­sador added.

Ad­dress­ing the event Head of the Del­e­ga­tion of the Euro­pean Union (EU) to Azer­bai­jan Kes­tutis Jankauskas said that the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the South­ern Gas Cor­ri­dor project will be an im­por­tant con­tri­bu­tion of Azer­bai­jan to en­sur­ing en­ergy se­cu­rity in Europe.

“Azer­bai­jan and the EU have a long his­tory of en­ergy co­op­er­a­tion.The im­ple­men­ta­tion of the South­ern Gas Cor­ri­dor project will be an im­por­tant con­tri­bu­tion of Azer­bai­jan to the di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion of en­ergy sources and en­sur­ing the en­ergy se­cu­rity of Europe,” the head of the del­e­ga­tion un­der­lined.

Jankauskas also men­tioned that Azer­bai­jan has great po­ten­tial to de­velop such ar­eas as so­lar en­ergy gen­er­a­tion, hy­dropower and wind en­ergy.

Then he added that the NAR has achieved great suc­cess in the field of re­new­able en­ergy sources.

The South­ern Gas Cor­ri­dor, which costs more than $40 bil­lion, is one of the pri­or­ity projects for the EU and pro­vides for the trans­porta­tion of 10 bil­lion cu­bic me­ters of Azer­bai­jani gas from the Caspian re­gion through Ge­or­gia and Turkey to Europe.

The launch­ing cer­e­mony of the first stage of the SGC project was held in Baku on May 29. Pres­i­dents of Azer­bai­jan - Il­ham Aliyev, Turkey Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan, Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and Ser­bia Alexan­der Vu­cic par­tic­i­pated in the cer­e­mony.

The gas from the Azer­bai­jani Shah Deniz field has al­ready gone through the first seg­ment of the South­ern Gas Cor­ri­dor - from the San­gachal ter­mi­nal to the ex­panded South Cau­ca­sus Pipe­line.

Fur­ther, he men­tioned that the num­ber of Euro­pean com­pa­nies in Azer­bai­jan has in­creased from 300 to 385 in 2018.

The Head of the Del­e­ga­tion noted that it is the first time the EU or­ga­nizes such a large-scale event in Nakhchivan. The event is at­tended by 60 EU rep­re­sen­ta­tives, in­clud­ing the rep­re­sen­ta­tives of 17 EU em­bassies.

Some Euro­pean com­pa­nies al- ready work in the NAR and these com­pa­nies in­vest in such ar­eas as re­new­able en­ergy sources and agri­cul­ture, ac­cord­ing to Jankauskas.

“The EU is Azer­bai­jan’s largest trad­ing part­ner. The EU is also the largest in­vestor in Azer­bai­jan's oil and non-oil sectors. We highly value Azer­bai­jan as a sta­ble and re­li­able part­ner,” Jankauskas added.

Tak­ing his turn, NAR Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Famil Seyi­dov stressed that more than $8.5 bil­lion has been in­vested in the econ­omy of the Nakhchivan Au­tonomous Repub­lic of Azer­bai­jan for 23 years.

Seyi­dov noted that cur­rently the share of the pri­vate sec­tor in the econ­omy of Nakhchivan is 89 per- cent, while in Azer­bai­jan as a whole this fig­ure is at 84 per­cent.

Ac­cord­ing to him, the share of the pri­vate sec­tor in the agri­cul­tural sphere of Nakhchivan is 100 per­cent, and in the in­dus­trial sec­tor - 95 per­cent.

“Fol­low­ing the re­sults of 2017, Nakhchivan sup­ported for­eign trade re­la­tions with 64 coun­tries. The vol­ume of for­eign trade turnover of Nakhchivan amounted to $460 mil­lion, $423 mil­lion of which ac­counted for ex­port share, and more than $36 mil­lion - for im­port op­er­a­tions. The sur­plus of for­eign trade amounted to $386 mil­lion. In Nakhchivan there are cur­rently 88 for­eign in­di­vid­u­als and le­gal en­ti­ties. Nakhchivan mainly ex­ports its goods to Rus­sia, Turkey, Ge­or­gia, Qatar, the United Arab Emi­rates, Iran and other coun­tries,” the min­is­ter said.

Ac­cord­ing to him, 24 per­cent of ex­ports fell on agri­cul­tural prod­ucts, and 76 per­cent - on man­u­fac­tured goods.

“The main ex­port items are elec­tric­ity, metal, build­ing ma­te­ri­als, fruits, veg­eta­bles, meat prod­ucts, etc. Nakhchivan mainly im­ports goods from the EU, Turkey, Rus­sia, Ge­or­gia, etc.,” he said.

Seyi­dov also noted that a great progress has been made in the en­ergy sec­tor of Nakhchivan.

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