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Armenia must use Nagorno-Karabakh’s electric power supply - prime minister

Armenia’s prime minister on Saturday proposed an active energy cooperation plan with the Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh) Republic to make the use of energy supplies more effective and target-oriented.

 Speaking at a joint inter-governmental session held between the two Armenian republics, Karen Karapetyan said that Nagorno-Karbakh’s electric power industries function with a surplus which Armenia must be able to use.

 “We can direct the surplus to the Republic of Armenia,” he said, calling for mutual efforts towards creating a common platform of energy cooperation. 

Hailing the idea, NKR Prime Minister Arayik Harutyunyan highlighted the dynamics in the industrial output, which he said is the result of the recent years’ growth in export-oriented industries (based on domestic resources), and higher food security and energy independence.

“While in 2006, mining industries accounted for 51.7% of the industrial output – with 14% coming from energy and 33.5% from processing industries – in 2015, only 24.2% of the industrial output came from mining,” he said.

The prime minister added that the country has been also implementing hydro-power plant construction projects since 2008.  “Some 13 small hydropower plants have been set into operation, allowing us to increase the share of domestic product to 75% in 2015 (222.3 kWh).