Members of public against building HPP in Adjara
Georgia, Tbilisi, June 24 / Trend N.Kirtzkhalia /
At a meeting in the government of Adjara members of the public opposed the construction of hydroelectric power station on its territory.
According to the environmental protection department of Adjara, the construction of the hydropower plant could cause erosion in the region. The population of the municipalities also sees an environmental threat.
At the same time, according to the project leaders, in terms of geological threats the territory has been studied, all obligations to the population are met, the payment of compensation will be made and the environmental safety measures observed at the maximum possible level.
The project involves the construction of three large-scale hydropower plants in mountainous Adjara.
According to the report, the project involves the construction 'Shuakhevi Shalta-power plant' at the first phase and hydropower plants in Khelvachauri and Keda on the second phase. The total capacity of all three plants will be 1,200 megawatts. The estimated cost of the project is $ 700 million. It is planned that most of the generated power will be exported.
The project also includes construction of a 36-kilometer underground tunnel through which water will be supplied to the central dam. The estimated investment in the project is $ 800 million.