On July 20, Inguri hydroelectric power plant is connected to Georgias power system. Trends special correspondent reports with reference to the Ministry of Fuel and Energy of Georgia, the plan is now being tested. The plant was reportedly stopped March 28 for diversion tunnel rehabilitation.
During 4 months Georgias power system worked without its main plant, though this did not affect regions and capital power supply. The said operations are financed from $37.5mln EBRDs credit, from which tunnel repairs take $18mln.
Diversion tunnel repairs have been delayed twice as originally they had been scheduled to spring 2004, and then to spring 2005.
Two days ago, power plant visited Vano Merabishvili, Georgias Minister of Interior. Merabishvili told Trend law-enforcement agencies ensured security for repairs personnel, mainly from Austria and Germany.
В"This facility is of a great significance as it ensures power security of the country and we will feel improvements in its power supply already this winterВ", he added.