New Hydro Power Plant opens in Georgia

Georgia’s Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili opened the Saguramo HPP. Photo by the PM's press office, 25 Sep 2016 - 16:21, Tbilisi,Georgia

A new Hydro Power Plant (HPP) has today opened just north of Tbilisi in Saguramo Village, in Georgia’s Mtskheta municipality.

Georgian Water and Power (GWP), one of the leading water suppliers in the South Caucasus, invested more than 11 million GEL to build the new HPP.

The Saguramo HPP had an installed capacity of 4.5MW and an annual output of 130-150 million KWh.

PM Giorgi Kvirikashvili at the new HPP opening ceremony. Photo by the PM's press office.

Georgia’s Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili opened the HPP and said it was "one of the most important projects of the year”.

The new HPP will supply electricity to GWPs pumping stations 24 hours a day, meaning Tbilisi will have a guaranteed stable water supply,” Kvirikashvili said.

The Prime Minister stressed the new HPP was another good example of cooperation between Georgian and international experts. The facility was built by a Georgian construction company and the works were constantly monitored by Swiss experts. Meanwhile the HPP was equipped with Austrian equipment.

GWP employed about 100 people during the HPP's construction.

The new HPP will benefit Tbilisi, Rustavi and Mtskheta areas.

Kvirikashvili said it was important the facility was environmentally friendly and the water used in the HPP would later be cleaned and used in Tbilisi’s water supply.