Shuakhevi HPP operates at Full Capacity

Tornike Rijvadze, the Chairman of Ajara AR Government visited the Shuakhevi HPP with Natia Turnava, the Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia.

As Tornike Rijvadze noted, Shuakhevi HPP has a great importance and implementing similar projects will strengthen country’s energy independence and economy.

‘Shuakhevi HPP operates at full capacity. This is one of the significant projects for energy sector and for our country’s energy independence. Benefit brought by this project to the municipalities of Ajara is especially important. I am confident that with the implementation of such projects we will be able to further strengthen our country's economy and energy independence’ – Tornike Rijvadze said.

More than 1000 Georgian citizens were employed in the frames of Shuakhevi HPP project. Educational and social projects tailored to the needs of the local population are being implemented. The total investment of Shuakhevi HPP is 510 million US dollars and is financed by such large international organizations as: International Finance Corporation (IFC), European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Asian Development Bank (ADB), Norwegian company Clean Energy Invest and Indian company Tata Power.

The Shuakhevi HPP cascade will generate a total of 450 million kWh of electricity, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 200,000 tons, which will help Georgia fulfill its commitment under the European Association Agreement to reduce climate change. Shuakhevi HPP with a capacity of 187 MW was put into commercial operation in February 2020.

The electricity generated at this time has already reached 200 million kWh.