Georgia seeks power plan for 700-MW Khudoni

Georgia’s Ministry of Energy seeks expressions of interest from consultants to perform a strategic environmental assessment of a power generation plan for the former Soviet republic. Responses are due July 31.

As part of the World Bank-funded 700-MW Khudoni hydropower project, the ministry seeks an assessment to help establish the Khudoni project’s position in a Georgia power generation expansion plan.

Other parts of the bank-funded program are to establish the feasibility of completing the partially built Khudoni on Georgia’s Enguri River.

The current solicitation seeks a consultant to develop generation expansion scenarios based on forecasts of electricity demand, potential domestic sources of power, cost of electricity and fuel imports, and other factors. It is expected that hydropower developments will have a central role in a power generation expansion plan, with one of the issues being the attractiveness of developing few and large hydro plants, such as Khudoni, versus a large number of smaller plants.

Expressions of interest, and qualifications, are due to the address below by July 31. For information, contact Director Teimuraz Jugeli, Electricity Market Reform Support Project Service Organization, 2 Baratashvili St., 0105, Tbilisi, Georgia; (995) 32-923483; Fax: (995) 32-923482; E-mail: tjugeli@pso.ge, jakhalaia@pso.ge.

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