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Artsakh to unilaterally use water from Sarsang Reservoir
2018-11-23 13:57:07

Lusine Avanesyan
Public Radio of Armenia
Stepanakert

 

Artsakh has revealed plans to unilaterally use water from Sarsang Reservoir at the border with Azerbaijan.

 

The issue of using the Sarsang water resources has always been at a center of heated disputes with Azerbaijan.  Artsakh’s former Prime Minister, President’s Special Representative Arayik Harutyunyan now says Azerbaijan’s threats are unable to affect investors’ approaches any more.

 

A project has been worked out, under which a cascade of Hydro Power Plants will be built at Sarsang-Martuni section and the canal used in Soviet times will be re-launched. 

 

The project will cost $100 million and will be funded by foreign investors.

 

It is planned to plant gardens in areas that will be irrigated with water from Sarsang Reservoir. An agreement has already been reached on establishing 70 hectares of pomegranate gardens.

 

The reservoir was built 40 years ago for irrigating the nearby areas. However, only 20% of its water reserves was being used to irrigate lands in Artsakh, with the rest flowing to Azerbaijan.

 

The Sarsang Hydro Power Plant with 50 MW capacity  has been based on the reservoir since its opening. The power plant, now operated by Artsakh HEK OJSC, is the main source of electric energy for Artsakh (40–60%). Local authorities have expressed hopes for the reservoir to turn to a major tourism site in the long run.