Georgia, Turkey sign contract to build Black Sea electricity transmission line
Georgia, Tbilisi, Sept.14. / Trend N.Kirtzkhalia /
Georgia and Turkey signed a contract to build a high-voltage electricity transmission line of the Black Sea, working in a parallel regime.
The contract envisages the term of beginning the construction of the project's Turkish component - 110-kilometer of electricity transmission line, Interim Manager of Georgia's State of Power System, Sulkhan Zumburidze, told journalists.
Construction of the electricity transmission line with a capacity of 500-kilovolt will increase Georgia's export potential. The project is funded by EBRD / KfW / EIB and its cost is €300 million. Some 246.4 km of the transmission line with a capacity of 500-kV (Gardabani-Akhaltsikhe-Zestafoni) will be reconstructed and 34.6 km of the transmission line with a capacity of 400-kilovolt (Akhaltsikhe) will be built. The Akhaltsikhe station with a capacity of 500-kV will be built in 2009-2012.
From Georgia, Interim Manager of Georgia's State of Electrical System, Sulkhan Zumburidze, and from Turkey, Halil Alish, Acting Manager of the TEIAS electricity transmission company signed the contract.
According to Zumburidze, the construction of a Black Sea electricity transmission lines will begin in the Georgian town of Gardabani, densely populated by Azerbaijanis on Sept.15. The new line is designed to improve internal energy markets and to export the electricity.
Georgia plans to put 140 towers in 2009, Zumburidze added.
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