TBILISI, Georgia 12/28/11 (PennWell) — Georgia’s Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources seeks bids to develop the Namakhvani Cascade of three hydropower plants totaling 450 MW in western Georgia. Bids are due January 31, 2012.
The hydropower projects, 250-MW Namakhvani, 100-MW Zhoneti, and 100-MW Tvishi, are to be developed on a build-own-operate basis on the Rioni River. In 2009, it was reported the ministry had signed a memorandum of understanding with South Korea’s Korea Electric Power Corp. to develop US$1 billion in hydropower projects in Georgia, including the Namakhvani Cascade.
The three-plant cascade is expected to cost an investment of US$850 million and to produce 1,600 gigawatt-hours annually. The ministry said feasibility, environmental, and social impact assessments conclude the projects are feasible from technical, economic, and environmental standpoints.
The cascade is to include a 111-meter-tall concrete Namakhvani Dam, a 32-meter-tall rockfill Zhoneti Dam, and a 56-meter-tall concrete Tvishi Dam.
Project studies may be obtained from the ministry Internet site at http://www.menr.gov.ge/en/News/2135.
Bids are due by 11:59 p.m., Georgia time, January 31. For information, contact Mariam Valishvili, First Deputy Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, (995) 32-2357803, E-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com; Internet: www.menr.gov.ge.