Construction of three new power plants planned in Georgia’s highlands
Georgia, Tbilisi, June 14 / Trend N.Kirtzkhalia /
Construction of three hydroelectric power plants is planned for the mountainous regions of Adjara. As the government of the region reported on Friday, Adjara Water - Georgia LLC is the initiator of the project.
According to the report, the first phase of the project envisages construction of the Shuakhevi-Shalta power plant with the second phase being hydro power plants in Khelvachauri and Keda. The total capacity of all three plants will total 1200 megawatts. The estimated cost of the project is $700 million. It is planned to export the bulk of the generated electricity.
The project also includes construction of a 36 kilometre underground tunnel which will supply water to the central dam.
While discussing the project, representatives of non-governmental organisations in Georgia made a number of observations relating to environmental risks. According to NGOs, construction of three hydroelectric power plants in the highlands could lead to destruction of the ecosystem.
Representatives of Ajara water - Georgia LLC have promised to once again hold a similar discussion with the participation of experts.
Construction of hydropower plants in the highland regions of Adjara is expected to start in August this year after receiving permission.