Georgian NGOs are against Namakhvan HPP construction

Photo: Georgian NGOs are against Namakhvan HPP construction / Oil&Gas

Georgia, Tbilisi, July 4 / Trend, N.Kirtshalia /

In connection with Namakhvan cascade construction in the Racha-Lechkhumi region in Western Georgia, the Organization "The Greens Movement of Georgia / Friends of the Earth" and its public members have issued a special statement.

"We consider it inadmissible to construct a hydropower plant on the scale of Namahvan HPP in such a mountainous region. This is dangerous due to avalanches and seismically active activity in the Racha-Lechkhumi region which is rich in unique karstic caves, cultural and natural monuments, a unique ecosystem, and species of flora and fauna which are critically endangered," the statement says.

NGOs call on the government, politicians, and representatives of the municipalities to consider not only economic profits in making such a decision, but to put the interests of present and future generations at the forefront.

"We want to reiterate the third paragraph of Article 37 of the Constitution which clearly states that all are obliged to protect nature and the cultural environment," the statement said.

The Namakhvan HPP cascade construction project envisages flooding 14 villages, which will increase the number of eco-migrants in the country.

The Georgian government has signed a contract to build the HPP cascade with the Turkish-Korean consortium in 2009.

Some 850 million euros will be invested in the implementation of the project. HPP cascade will generate 2.5 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity per year and its capacity will hit 450 megawatts.

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