Water Use Permits of 17 SHPPs in Yeghegis River Basin To Be Reviewed

Water Use Permits of 17 SHPPs in Yeghegis River Basin To Be Reviewed

Water use permits issued to 17 hydropower plants located on the Yeghegis River Basin will be examined. The discrepancies and inaccuracies in the SHPPs will be identified, the quantities set by the water use permit will be reviewed and the volume of water intake actually carried out by the SHPPs will be clarified, as the Press Service of Environment Ministry informs.

On the instruction of the Minister of Environment Romanos Petrosyan, an interdepartmental working group will be set up in a short period of time, which will deal with the problems existing in the small HPPs located on the Yeghegis River. Based on the collected information, a series of inspections will be launched jointly with Nature Protection and Mining Inspection Body to record all the river sections overloaded with diversion pipes. Relevant legislative tools will lay down strict control and supervision mechanisms to restore the disturbed ecosystem of the river in the short term, to bring the activities of economic entities exclusively to the legal field.

"Small hydropower plants are a important link in the energy independence and security of the Republic of Armenia, but their operation should not harm the environment, disrupting ecosystems and threatening the security of biodiversity," the ministry said in the press release.

Reminder: EcoLur recently addressed the issue of the Yeghegis River, which is overloaded with SHPPs.

September 18, 2020 at 13:06