Georgia to start construction of several power plants over the following years
Monday, October 26
A feasibility study for tens of new hydro power plants are under development in Georgia, said the website of Georgian Energy Ministry.
The largest ones are the Oni cascade, the Sadmeli hydro power plant and the Alpana hydro power plant on the Rioni River and the Kheledula 3 hydro power plant on the Kheledula River.
The installed capacity of the Oni cascade is planned to reach 177.2 megawatts, while the expected annual output is 1,200 gigawatt hours.
Construction of the power plants is scheduled to begin in October 2017 and finish by October 2023. A feasibility study of the project should be completed in October 2016. A total of $330 million is to be invested in the project.
The design capacities of Sadmeli and Alpana power plants are planned to reach 153 megawatts and 70.6 megawatts, respectively. This is while the expected annual output of these hydro power plants is 637.6 gigawatt hours and 356.8 gigawatt hours respectively.
It is planned to start the construction of both the Sadmeli and Alpana plants in August 2017, scheduled to be completed in August 2021. This is while the feasibility studies of both these projects are expected to be completed by April 2016.
Invests of $250 million and $117 million will be allocated to the Sadmeli and Alpana plants respectively.
Lastly, the design capacity of the Kheledula 3 hydro power plant is expected to reach 60.44 megawatts, while the expected annual output will reach 255.04 gigawatt hours. Construction is planned to commence in March 2017 and finish by March 2018.
The feasibility study of the project is expected to be completed in November 2016. A $70 million investment is being planned for the project.
The Georgian Energy Ministry plans to increase the national electricity generation from 10.96 billion kilowatt hours in 2015 to 15.15 billion kilowatt hours in 2020, reaching 37.67 billion kilowatt hours by 2025 and 50.31 billion kilowatt hours by 2030.