Electricity consumption in Georgia increases by 7-8 percent (Exclusive)
Baku, Azerbaijan, August 3
By Tamilla Mammadova – Trend:
In 2017 and 2018, electricity consumption in Georgia rose sharply by 7-8 percent, mainly due to the rapid development of tourism infrastructure and industrial production, a spokesperson of Georgian National Energy and Water Supply Regulatory Commission told Trend in an interview.
According to the Commission, as a result, the volume of imported electricity increased by three-four times. To address the problem, it is necessary to increase the construction of hydro, wind and heat generation facilities.
“Facilities with a total installed capacity of 300 MW and with a productivity of 1,500 million kWh is expected to be commissioned this year. Facilities with a total installed capacity of 70 MW and productivity of 350 million kWh, and with a total installed capacity of 130 MW and productivity of 620 million kWh are to be commissioned in 2020 and 2021 respectively,” said the Commission.
It was noted that weather factors have a great influence on generation consumption. Due to them, the rate of total growth in natural gas consumption reached 4 percent in 2014-2018, of which 2.2 billion cubic meters accounted for 2018.
“In 2019, investments in the amount of 154 million lari have been made in the electricity sector for the development of transmission infrastructure (construction and rehabilitation of power lines 500 and 220 kV; PS / 500 and 220 kV; SCADA Solutions (Water and Gas), and AMR (Automatic Meter Reading) automated power metering control systems, and 90 million lari have been invested in the development and rehabilitation of the distribution network (110/35, 10/6 and 0.4 / 0.22 kV transmission lines, 110/35/10/6 kV substations, SKADA, AMR, etc.)”, the spokesperson added.
“In total, commissioning of generation facilities with investments totaling to one billion lari is expected this year,” the Commission said.
(1 USD = 2.88 GEL on August 3)