The 178 MW Shuakhevi HPPs started commerical operations in Q1 2020, with the 9 MW Skhalta HPP scheduled to come online later in 2021. The Georgian project company Adjaristsqali Georgia LLC (AGL) own the HPPs.
CEI’s management and its representatives have led the bidding, design and financing of project. Construction started in 2013 and commerical operations commenced in Q1 2020. AGL aspireres to operate world-class facilities according to international benchmarks.
The project has been constructed by Mott MacDonald as the Engineer, Age Inşaat of Turkey as the Civil Works Contractor and GE-Alstom as the Electro-Mechanical Contractor, with project financing being provided by International Finance Organization (IFC), European Bank for Restructuring and Development (EBRD) and Asian Development Bank (ADB). Clifford Chance is the lenders legal counsel.
Developed in Georgia in the last 35 years
Approximately 10 000 man years went into constructing the Shuakhevi project
Successfully designed to avoid any permanent resettlement
First international cross-border limited recourse financed hydro project in Georgia
First greenfield hydropower qualified for CDM
Enabler of the 130 km 220 kV double circuit transmission line between Batumi and Akhaltsikhe
Licence agreement signed
Co-development agreement signed with IFC
First international feasibility study and environmental and social impact study (ESIA) for hydropower in Georgia completed by the project
Tata Power joins the project
Construction permit obtained
Facts and figures
Didachara dam: 55 m Skhalta dam: 17 m
Run-of-river, with daily storage
Chirukhistskali weir: 7 m