Turkish company will build hydropower plants in Georgia

Last Friday, Georgian Energy Minister Alexander Khetaguri and Metin Kumushoglu, General Director of the Turkish company Ajar Energy, signed a memorandum according to which the Turkish company will build seven new hydropower plants in Adjara.

Alexander Khetaguri told reporters that the volume of investments in the construction of hydroelectric power stations will amount to $ 167 million. The total capacity of the new stations will be 119.9 megawatts.

New HPPs will be built on the Kintrishi and Chorokhi rivers in 2009. By the beginning of 2015, all of them will be put into operation step by step. This year it is planned to carry out all the design work.

Up to 2 thousand workers will be involved in the construction of new power plants, and after the HPP is commissioned, the number of employees will be about 200 people.

The electricity generated by these stations will be exported to Turkey. However, in winter, if necessary, 40% of electricity will be supplied to the domestic market.

The Ministry of Energy of Georgia offers investors a list of territories in various regions of the country on which 83 hydroelectric power stations can be built. Negotiations are underway with a number of investors on the construction of four hydropower stations on the Rioni, Inguri and Kura rivers.

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