Work begins at pair of hydropower plants on Georgia’s Mestiachala River

Construction is now under way on the Mestiachala 1 and 2 hydropower projects in Georgia.

The plants are being developed by a joint venture named Svaneti Hydro, of which 65% is held by the Georgia Renewable Energy Co. and Austria’s RP Global Investment the 35% remainder.

Georgia’s Ministry of Energy has previously said the 23.7-MW Mestiachala 1 will cost about US$34.2 million and the 27-MW Mestiachala 2 will cost around $39.2 million. Both projects are to be located on the Mestiachala River in Georgia’s Samegrelo Zemo-Svaneti region.

“This is one more step toward our country’s energy independence,” Minister of Energy Kakha Kaladze said during the groundbreaking ceremony this week. “While constructing these hydropower plants, the nearby territory will be developed and the infrastructure will be improved. Also, more importantly, local people will be employed during the work.”

Officials said they expect the first units of each projects to be in operation by December 2018.

HydroWorld.com reported that work on another Georgian hydroelectric project, the 433-MW Namakhvani cascade, had begun in January.

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Michael Harris formerly was Editor for HydroWorld.com.

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