Marneuli 500kV: New $20m substation improves power supply in Georgia

  • Marneuli 500 kv substation was built within the Regional Power Transmission Enhancement Project. Photo by the PM's press office., 12 Dec 2016 - 14:42, Tbilisi,Georgia

People living in Georgia’s capital Tbilisi and in the country’s Kvemo Kartli region will now enjoy a more reliable electricity supply thanks to the new Marneuli 500kV substation, which officially opened today.

The Marneuli 500kV substation was built by Georgian State Electrosystem with financial support of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) within the Regional Power Transmission Enhancement Project.

A total of $20 million was spent on the new substation in Marneuli. The new substation was officially opened by Georgia’s Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili and Energy Minister Kakha Kaladze today.

Kvirikashvili said the modern substation was equipped with the latest technologies and he believed it could increase Georgia’s power generation and move the country one step closer towards energy independence.

Georgia's Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili at the opening of the Marneuli 500kV substation. Photo by the PM's press office. 

This project is an important part of the $50 million Regional Power Transmission Enhancement Project and Ten Year Network Development Plan of Georgia. The plan included €735 million investments in order to develop the country’s power transmission system. The projects are important for providing a better electricity supply for the local population as well as cementing Georgia’s role as an energy transit country,” said Kvirikashvili.

Georgian State Electrosystem has been implementing four projects within the Regional Power Transmission Enhancement Project with the financial support of ADB. These projects are:

  • Construction of substation Khorga-220
  • Overall rehabilitation of substation Ksani-500
  • Construction of substation Marneuli-500
  • Procurement of power transformer for substation Menji-220.

Total value of the project was $50 million.