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Largest hydroelectric power plant in Georgia to launch earlier than planned

Business Materials 26 April 2021 15:13 (UTC +04:00)
Largest hydroelectric power plant in Georgia to launch earlier than planned

BAKU, Azerbaijan, April 26

Tamilla Mammadova – Trend:

Rehabilitation of Georgian Enguri HPP Diversion Tunnel has been completed, Trend reports via Georgian media.

As reported, the largest hydroelectric power plant in Georgia will be launched a few days earlier than planned.

According to the plan, Enguri HPP should be launched from May 1, but as Levan Mebonia, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Enguri HPP said, the reopening date was shifted by 2-3 days.

“The reopening date has shifted by 2-3 days. Now the main thing is to fill the tunnel with water," Mebonia said.

In 1Q2021, electricity imports to Georgia were up by 93 percent and amounted to 1.43 billion KWH. Some 41 percent of electricity consumed in Georgia was imported. Such an increase in imports was due to the suspension of the Enguri HPP for rehabilitation.

Enguri HPP is currently undergoing a rehabilitation process, which is financed by the Georgian government with an EBRD loan.

Rehabilitation works of HPP will cost 43 million euros, including 7 million euros in a grant of the European Commission, the remained sum is allocated loan by the EBRD.

As a result of the HPP rehabilitation, the annual output of the hydropower plant will be increased by 80-100 million KWH.

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