Introduction

The 178 MW Shuakhevi HPPs started commerical operations in Q1 2020, with the 9 MW Skhalta HPP scheduled to come online later in 2020. 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 In┼čaat 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.

Highlights

Largest Hydropower Project

Developed in Georgia in the last 35 years

Employment

Approximately 10 000 man years went into constructing the Shuakhevi project

Resettlement

Successfully designed to avoid any permanent resettlement

Cross-border Financing

First international cross-border limited recourse financed hydro project in Georgia

Clean Development Mechanism (CDM)

First greenfield hydropower qualified for CDM

Transmission Line

Enabler of the 130 km 220 kV double circuit transmission line between Batumi and Akhaltsikhe

Timeline

  1. Licence agreement signed
    Co-development agreement signed with IFC

  2. First international feasibility study and environmental and social impact study (ESIA) for hydropower in Georgia completed by the project

  3. Tata Power joins the project
    Construction permit obtained

  4. Construction start

  5. Financial close

  6. Operations

Facts and figures

Project name

Shuakhevi HPP

Estimated annual production (P50)

474 GWh

Installed capacity

178 MW

Gross head

400

Maximum discharge

48 m3/sec

Dams

Didachara dam: 55 m Skhalta dam: 17 m

Turbine type

Francis

Number of turbines

2

Tunnel length

31 km

Type of plant

Run-of-river, with daily storage

Project name

Skhalta HPP

Estimated annual production (P50)

28 GWh

Installed capacity

9MW

Gross head

100 m

Maximum discharge

25 m3/sec

Dams

Chirukhistskali weir: 7 m

Turbine type

Francis

Number of turbines

3

Tunnel length

6,5 km

Type of plant

Run-of-river

Map

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