Khudoni - vital?
06 February, 2014
Khudoni - vital?
Construction of the 700 megawatt capacity Hydro Power Plant Khudoni in the Georgian highland region Svaneti is scheduled to start this coming March but discussions of how relevant the project is still go ahead. The possible impact on the environment impedes the project.
Government calls the project of vital importance to Georgia, and says that it should back up the energy independence of the country. Khudoni’s projected output figures 1.7 billion kilowatt/hour of electricity - that will enable the state
to replace the 15-20% of the electricity import (supplied by Russia mainly) by locally produced energy.
Thanks to a favorable location of Khudoni to neighboring Enguri HPP (the backbone of Georgian hydro generation), the latter may generate an extra 470 million kwt/h electricity - automatically that is equivalent to construction of a new HPP free of charge. USD 1 billion will be invested in the project, 4 thousand people will be employed for six years of its construction period, and USD 20 million will remain each year in Svaneti - a huge opportunity for the small poor region.
But environmentalists still argue that Georgia, as a land-deficient country with high seismic risks, is no place for big hydro powers. They believe Khudoni is not worth it if it will flood several villages of 528 hectares territory, devastate forests, and resettle around 200 families.
Also, the problem is that the projected under-water-area includes a church and cemetery. Investor company Trans Electrica insists that there is technology to move the church and graves to safer place.
However the local population believes Khudoni will devastate Svaneti, and remains rigid in its intention to fight the project until the last breath. A week ago they blocked the investor company from implementing measurement work.
Kakhi Kaladze, Energy Minister of Georgia, acknowledged in his interview to Imedi TV last week that not the environment but the social side is most vulnerable in the Khudoni project. He promised that government will be a guarantor that the interests of each Svaneti inhabitant will be secured.
Opponents suggest development of alternative renewable energy sources, as well as small HPPs and energy-efficient technology.
The overwhelming part of energy and economic analysts believe the proposal is no alternative to big HPPs for Georgia: development of small HPPs and alternative renewable sources or energy-efficient equipment is a luxury in Georgia with its underdeveloped economy.
Energy pundits think Khudoni construction is a must. They agree with government that Khudoni is of strategic importance to the energy security of Georgia that by 100% depends on imported gas and oil, and by 75% on electricity import. On the other hand, the share of gas in electricity generation makes a significant 25% - that means Georgia is vulnerable to security risks and needs guaranteed sources.
Liana Jervalidze, an energy sector analyst, explained to Georgian Journal: “Development of alternative energy sources and energy-efficient equipment is not affordable even for the Eastern European countries. EU countries like Germany managed to develop these tools thanks to an economic boom, and developed industry that enabled Germany to subsidize these energy sources at the expense of industry. But now against the backdrop of an economic crisis this kind of expensive energy is burdensome even to highly developed German industry; it protests subsidizing alternative energy sources any more, since the EU economy became less competitive with the US economy due to high energy prices.”
According to her, the alternative sources cannot insure permanent generation, and need back-up through hydro or thermal plants-based electricity. Therefore Khudoni should be built, but with a maximum focus on environment issues. And the state should explain to the Svaneti population that this is a state interest.
Print
Other Stories
Business Positive – Successful radio program from Radio Positive
Starting point of radio program Business Positive is to meet interesting people, communicate with them and deliver information that is interesting for the audience.
A factory of electric vehicles to be built in Kutaisi
Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze stated that a factory of electric vehicles will be built in Kutaisi at the presentation of the Aigroup business group.
Qvevri-shaped hotel complex to be built in Telavi
A Qvevri-shaped hotel complex is scheduled to be built in the village of Shalauri in Telavi, Kakheti (east part of Georgia).
Georgian designers presented at Fashion World Tokyo 2019
The products of 11 Georgian designers are showcased at Fashion World Tokyo 2019,
Silknet raises $200 million in Eurobond issue
27 March 2019 - JSC Silknet (“Silknet”), one of Georgia’s leading telecommunications operators, has successfully priced a debut $200 million 5-year 11% senior unsecured bonds issue (the “Notes”).
Pistachio trees will be planted in Georgia
Dozens of hectares of Pistachio are planned to be planted in Georgia this year.
Toyota Safety Sense and Hybrid Technology
Toyota Caucasus, has presented two new models the 5th generation RAV4 and the 12th generation Corolla at Rustavi International Motorpark, several days ago.
Bidzina Ivanishvili “became number one oppressor of businesses in Georgia” - ICC Georgia chairman Fady Asly
Mr. Ivanishvili promised the business community to protect them from harassment and pressure, unfortunately his words died with the sunset of that day
The best brands of Belarus will be exhibited on a large-scale exposition in Tbilisi
"The Belarusians like to come to Georgia to relax near the sea in Batumi as well as to stay in sunny Kakhetia."
Don’t treat business like a hooker! - Georgian businessman Vasil Soprpmadze addresses politicians
Businessman Vasil Sopromadze, founder of the company "Fresco", addresses politicians
RAV4 No Compromise and Corolla Set to Impress – Two New Cars Presented by Toyota
Toyota Caucasus, the company constantly aspiring to greatness, has presented two new models the 5th generation RAV4 and the 12th generation Corolla.
Mamuka Khazaradze quits TBC bank, does not sell the TBC Bank share
I made a decision to leave TBC bank where I spent 27 years of my life
10 Reasons to buy an apartment in the suburbs
There is a tendency for Tbilisi dwellers to move from central parts of the capital to the suburbs.
Georgian citizens are granted the right to work in France
The French Embassy in Georgia made remarks on granting Georgian citizens the right to work in France
The New York Times: Bitcoin declines but Georgia still bet on it
The New York Times has recently published an article about reasons, challenges and causes of generating Bitcoin in the former Soviet country Georgia.
EU to allocate € 13 billion for Eastern Partnership countries, including Georgia
The European Union together with the World Bank plans to allocate investment worth € 13 billion for infrastructure projects in the Eastern Partnership countries.
Anaklia Port and its importance for Georgia
In 2016, Anaklia Development Consortium was authorized to launch the construction of Anaklia Port.
Cryptocurrency mining threatens electrical network in Abkhazia
In the breakaway region of Akbhazia rampant cryptocurrency mining is threatening the shaky electrical network, reports an article of the news portal EuroNet.
Caucasus Wine University to be opened in Gurjaani
In the Kakheti region a new viticulture campus of the Caucasus University is in the process of planning.
Photos describing life of the poorest in Georgia
Fight with poverty should be among top priorities of every government in every country.
Training farmers to rescue the organic hazelnut production in Georgia
Even drizzling rain and unpleasant gusts of wind can’t prevent the farmers from coming and participating in the agricultural training.
Bleak times for organic farmers in Georgia – but there is hope
Organic hazelnut production is a delicate plant in Georgia that has emerged just a couple of years ago. Various pests, among them the Asian stink bug Parosana, trouble hazelnut farmers and menace their livelihood – even before their businesses could really take off.
Hybrid car imports are going through the roof in Georgia
Thanks to their fuel economy, the popularity of hybrid cars is increasing in Georgia, where fuel affordability is low and prices for fuel are unstable.
The New Year offer from MAQRO Construction - Apartments with unbelievable discounts and the parking spaces for FREE!
Location, green yard, spaces for various needs, experience of the construction company and parking space are the main important criteria for potential buyers of apartments.
Interview with the co-founder of Kiwi Vegan Café – the first vegan place in Tbilisi
Behind the Kiwi Vegan Café stands a group of activists who wants to raise Georgian’s awareness for animal rights and welfare.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
GEL Exchange Rate
Convertor
22.04.2019
23.04.2019
USD
1
USD
2.6935
2.6935
EUR
1
EUR
3.0291
3.0291
GBP
1
GBP
3.5021
3.5021
RUB
100
RUB
4.2126
4.2126
Other Stories
Recently Toyota rolled out Global Campaign under this slogan that reflects the Olympic and Paralympic Spirit of Encouragement,
A couple from Switzerland combines Swiss tradition and technology with Georgian products. Their cheese is made in the Georgian mountains and sold in local stores and hotels.
It has been more than five years since the residents of Lilo village, near Tbilisi, cannot open their windows.
63 000 GEL was received by the Georgian Agro Export Group which is just a small part of the European Neighbourhood Programme for Agricultural and Rural development.
Georgian entrepreneur Guka Tavberidze, who runs his own business in the UK and does it quite well, has been invited by BBC
The grand opening of 7-star The Biltmore Hotel Tbilisi took place in Georgia’s capital on July 31.
DUSHETI, Georgia – The Georgian government and the World Bank will allocate USD 5.6 million (12 million GEL) to fund
A new Georgian clothing brand named Person has emerged in Georgian market.
Georgia is in the midst of an economic maelstrom, Euronews reports.
Situation at Georgia’s mineral water market is interesting: over the last year, the volume of export has grown by 56 percent. According to “GeoStat”, over $114 million worth of mineral water was sold
GEL Exchange
USD
1
USD
2.6935
EUR
1
EUR
3.0291
GBP
1
GBP
3.5021
RUB
100
RUB
4.2126
April 2019
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30