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Armenia’s electricity generation up in 2018: statistics
/Feb 11/Panorama/

Armenia saw a growth in electricity generation last year, according to the latest official statistics.

The country produced a total of 7 billion 776.9 million kilowatt-hours of electricity in 2018, up by 0.2% from the previous year, Panorama.am learned from Armenia's Statistical Committee.

According to the figures, the electricity generation at thermal power plants grew by 17.5% to stand at 3 billion 375.6 million kilowatt-hours last year.

Some 40.1 thousand gigajoules of thermal energy were produced in the country in 2018, an increase of 31% from 2017.

Meantime, the electricity production volumes at hydropower plants increased by 2.2% in the reporting period, amounting to 2,318.2 million kilowatt-hours.

The electricity generation at solar power plants stood at 5.1 million kilowatt-hours last year, securing a growth of 12.8% from the previous year.

In 2018, Armenia’s Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) generated 2,076.1 million kilowatt-hours of electricity, down by 20.7% against the 2017 production.  


Streets in more borderland communities get outdoor illumination systems
/Feb 12/Panorama/

For four years now the FPWC and VivaCell-MTS are successfully implementing “Alternative Energy” program in the village of Berdavan, Tavush region. The parties have implemented two projects of outdoor illumination in the village, installing lighting system along the roads to the village kindergarten, school, and other centers of community importance. The kindergarten and the musical school have also been provided with solar heating systems.

As VivaCell-MTS reports, the two programs implemented since 2016 have helped the village get 202 LED lights illuminating a 6100-meter-long area. 67 more LED lights have been installed recently, illuminating additional 2400-meter-long section of roads.

The opening ceremony was attended by VivaCell-MTS General Manager Ralph Yirikian, FPWC senior engineer, program coordinator Martin Maralchyan, head of Noyemberyan community Karen Abazyan, administrative head of Berdavan Smbat Mughdusyan, and residents of the village.

“Hand in hand with our partners, we strive to implement programs, which solve several problems: those programs help provide the farther villages with modern infrastructures, help save funds, as well as energy, and show people the civilized approach in using natural resources. Problems will be solved faster if people learn to save what they have and look for efficient solutions. Our nature gives us an opportunity for that. In 2016 we joined our efforts to solve the problem of illumination on the central streets in Berdvan. We launched a solar heating system in the village school last year. Today we have installed lighting system for the secondary streets. But our greatest achievement will be when we see people reject consumeristic approaches,” VivaCell-MTS General Manager Ralph Yirikian said.

The implementation of energy saving systems in the communities helps to ease their financial burden, liven up community life, and solve the problem of street safety in the nighttime, which is crucial in borderland areas. Berdavan is one of those rare borderland villages, where the street lights stay on throughout the night. The LED lights are also important in keeping environment sustainably clean.

As compared to other types of bulbs the LED bulbs are more efficient and have longer life span, consuming up to 80% less energy.


Գազի գինը 2019 թվականին չի բարձրանա. Փաշինյանը պարզաբանեց՝ ինչու
/Feb 13/Verelq.am/

ՀՀ վարչապետ Նիկոլ Փաշինյանը վերահաստատում է՝ գազի գինը ՀՀ-ում սպառողների համար 2019 թվականին չի բարձրանա: Այս մասին նա հայտարարեց ԱԺ-ում կառավարության ծրագրի շուրջ հարց ու պատասխանի ժամանակ:

Կառավարության ղեկավարը նշեց, որ նախկինում հստակ այդ մասին հայտարարել է և բացատրեց մեխանիզմը.

«Պետությունը գազ չի գնում, այն գնում է «Գազպրոմ Արմենիան»: Թե այն որքանով է գնում գազը՝ այլ խնդիր է: Պետությունը գործ ունի սպառողների հետ և մենք ասել ենք, որ գազի գինը այս տարի չի բարձրանա»,- ասաց Փաշինյանը՝ ավելացնելով, որ ընթացող բանակցությունները վերաբերում են մեր շահերի պաշտպանությանը:

«Ես բազմիցս ասել եմ, որ հայ-ռուսական հարաբերությունների հարթության վրա հարցի քննարկման, նաև ԵԱՏՄ շրջանակում այդ թեմայի քննարկման անհրաժեշտութզուն կա: Կառավարությունը պետք է այդ քննարկումներն անի և Հայաստանի շահերը պաշտպանենք: Մենք խնդիր ենք դնում «Գազպրոմ Արմենիա» ընկերության և այդ համակարգի օպտիմալացման ու արդյունավետության բարձրացման ուղղությամբ: Եվ մենք պետք է այդ ուղղությամբ աշխատենք»,- հավելեց վարչապետը:
 

Minister Rules Out Gas Price Rise for Armenian Consumers
/Feb 15/ RFE/RL Armenian Report /Naira Nalbandian/

Armenian consumers will not pay more this year for natural gas mostly imported from Russia despite a recent 10 percent increase in its wholesale price for Armenia, Energy Minister Garegin Baghramian said on Friday.

Russia’s Gazprom monopoly announced on New Year’s Eve that it has raised the price from $150 to $165 per thousand cubic meters. The announcement followed fresh talks held by the Gazprom chairman, Alexei Miller, and Armenia’s Deputy Prime Minister Grigorian as well as phone conversations between Russian

President Vladimir Putin and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian.

Pashinian, who also met with Putin in Moscow earlier in December, assured Armenians that the retail prices set by Armenia’s Gazprom-owned gas distribution network will remain the same in 2019.

Baghramian reaffirmed that pledge when he spoke to RFE/RL’s Armenian service. “There is an understanding that in 2019 that [10 percent price rise] will not affect the tariffs for consumers,” he said, commenting on the government’s

ongoing negotiations with the Gazprom Armenia operator.

The minister said that the gas distributor will offset its additional losses with cost cutting and other “optimization” of its activities. It will cut back on “unnecessary expenditures and investments,” he added.

Gazprom Armenia has so far made no public statements to that effect. The company only said on January 7 that it will not ask Armenian utility regulators to raise the retail prices until its talks with the government are over.

Gazprom Armenia’s chief executive, Hrant Tadevosian, complained in November that his company is operating at a loss for a second consecutive year. He attributed them to its decision in late 2016 to cut the gas prices for households and corporate consumers.

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