Georgia seeks consultants to expand grid for hydropower system

A German lender invites applications for pre-qualification from consultants to help expand Georgia’s transmission system, called a pre-condition for development of Georgia’s hydropower resources. Responses are due November 17.

On behalf of Georgia’s Ministry of Energy, KfW Entwicklungsbank seeks consultants for the project, which is aimed at stabilizing Georgia’s power transmission network and facilitating large scale trade of electricity among Georgia, other South Caucasus countries, and countries of the Black Sea Power Transmission Network, particularly Turkey.

�The project will establish one important pre-condition for the development of Georgia’s vast hydropower resources,� KfW said.

In April, Georgia’s energy minister said the former Soviet republic seeks private investors to build about 300 hydroelectric projects totaling 22,000 MW to make Georgia a major electricity exporter. (HNN 4/3/08)

The 220 million euro (US$296.8 million) project includes building: a 500/400/220-kilovolt substation at Akhalsikhe near the Georgia-Turkey border; a 1,000-MW back-to-back HVDC unit 500/400-kV at Akhalsikhe; a 400-kV overhead transmission line 20 kilometers, from Akhalsikhe to the Turkish border; the completion of a 500-kV transmission line 190 kilometers, from Gardabani to Akhalsikhe; the completion of a 500-kV line 71 kilometers from Zestaponi to Akhalsikhe; and an extension of the Gardabani and Zestaponi substations.

KfW seeks consultants over four years to provide engineering, design, and project management services to the project executing agency, initially the Ministry of Energy. Phase 1 includes concept review, while Phase 2 includes an international tender, construction and contract supervision, and commissioning.

Guidelines for selection of consultants may be obtained from the KfW Internet site at

Pre-qualification documents may be obtained from the address below. Applications for pre-qualification are due November 17.

For information, contact KfW Entwicklungsbank, Dept. L III a/3 (Europe) Palmengartenstr. 5-9, D-60325 Frankfurt a.M./ Germany; Principal Project Manager Peter Brinkmann, (49) 69-74313284; E-mail:; Project Manager Rene Eschemann, (49) 69-74318753; E-mail:; Fax: (49) 69-74313559.

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