Long-term safety of dams is a “huge task” for any country, including Georgia, the country’s Deputy Economy Minister Romeo Mikautadze said on Tuesday in his address to the international conference titled Dams and Hydropower: Adapting for a Changing World.
Mikautadze noted thanks to Georgia’s “rich hydro resources”, the country had built arc dams, including the Enguri Hydro Power Plant located on the administrative boundary between Georgia and its occupied region of Abkhazia, adding the construction of this type of building was also planned in the future.
The “best example” of complex monitoring of construction safety in Georgia has been the contentious supervision of Enguri Plant’s arch dam, its construction and operation, he told the conference, organised by the Georgian National Committee on Large Dams.
The world is changing, challenges are increasing, new technologies are being introduced in the construction and operation of dams and energy facilities in general, and our strategy must develop in this direction as well, in order to use the existing resources as efficiently as possible”, the Deputy Minister emphasised.
The conference, attended by experts from Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Germany and other countries, included the training of the employees of the dams and hydrotechnical structures, as well as various sessions and presentations. The event was also addressed by Davit Mirtskhulava, the Chair of the GNCOLD.