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Prosecutor general accuses Etibar Pirverdiyev

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'A criminal case has been initiated in connection with the accident at the Mingachevir Thermal Power Plant,' said Prosecutor General Zakir Garalov at a meeting on the situation in the country's energy system convened by Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, Azeri Daily reports.

'Necessary investigative measures are continuing in connection with the incident. On the fact of the accident a criminal case has been instituted under the articles 'Violation of fire safety rules', 'Abuse of official position' and 'Negligence.' Together with the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Ministry of Emergency Situations, an investigation team has been set up. All the necessary investigative measures are conducted at the scene of the incident,' said the prosecutor general.

He said that an inspection was carried out at the scene of the accident, the necessary documents were confiscated and interrogations were started to find out the causes of the accident.

According to him, according to preliminary information, the accident occurred due to a violation of the design requirements for cooling gas in the generators. According to regulatory requirements, the water temperature should be 12 degrees, but it was 28.5 degrees.

Zakir Garalov added that there were also violations of the rules of technical operation of the Azerbaijan Thermal Power Plant, where the accident occurred.

'For the past three years, the Ministry of Emergency Situations sent to the head of Azerenerji OJSC and its chief engineer 6 written appeals about problems at the station related to oil leakage, the lack of thermal insulation of cables and other shortcomings,' said the prosecutor general.

In addition, the automatic fire alarm system was not installed at the station, water cooling systems were not installed in six fuel oil boilers.

'All this was the cause of the accident. Specialists are convinced that Azerenerji has not fully provided the country with a relay protection system,' he stressed.

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