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by Alexandr Avanesov
There can always be force majeur situations in Armenia's energy sector, Armenia' Energy and Natural Resources Minister Armen Movsisyan said in the Parliament on Monday when asked to comment on the Saturday problem that left the greater part of the country without electric power.
Movsisyan explained that the problem was caused by a stop in electric power supplies from Iran. "It lasted for no more than two minutes. Simply our automatic systems switched off the network to prevent accidents at power facilities. It took us 3.5 hours to restart the network," the Minister said.
There is a reciprocal energy cross-flow between Armenia and Iran: Armenia exports electric power to Iran in spring and summer and gets it back in autumn and winter. "Iran's electricity is cheaper, so, it allows us to more effectively operate our network and to charge less from our consumers," Movsisyan explained.