YEREVAN (Armenpress)–Head of the Akhalkalaki branch of the joint stock company Samtskhe-Javakheti–F. Torosyan has said that the technical state of the power system in Georgia’s Armenian-populated region of Akhalkalaki is very poor and results in heavy energy losses.
In an interview with the Akhalkalaki agency "A-Info," Torosyan stated that no investmen’s were being made for the renovation of the system. "We rely on personal contacts and our own resources to avert accidents," he said.
Torosyan pointed out that the Armenian company ArmEnergo–which has been supplying electric power to Akhalkalaki since November 2001 has not been paid on a timely basis. According to him–at present–paymen’s have been made for November and December 2001–but the deliveries for January are still to be paid for.
"We have appealed to ArmEnergo with a request to extend the payment term and maintain the regime of supplying electric power to Akhalkalaki," he said. He also stated that it is not the population’s failure to pay–but the energy losses and theft of electric power that account for the Armenergo debt run-up.