The FINANCIAL — “Our energy system is facing significant challenges since the accelerated economic growth contributes to the consumption increase in the energy sector and therefore, the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development will provide even stronger support to the development of the small HPPs” – the Deputy Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia, Natia Turnava stated at the opening ceremony of the new Bodorna HPP. Natia Turnava congratulated the GWP representatives with the successful implementation of the project and thanked the Development Bank of the Netherlands and the German Investment and Development Society for their support.
The total volume of the investment spent on the construction of the Bodorna HPP amounts to 10 million GEL. The installed capacity of the new HPP is 2.5 MW while the average annual output equals 15 million kW/h. As it was noted at the opening ceremony, the Bodorna HPP will improve continuous supply of the water supply and power stations of Georgian Water and Power, which will be another guarantee of stable water supply for the Tbilisi inhabitants, according to Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia.
Natia Turnava highlighted that the Bodorna HPP will provide additional 15 million kW/h to the system and, which is even more important, the new HPP is so so-called Green HPP. “It is the category of HPPS, which our society has full consensus on, including the energy experts and the environmental experts – it brings only good and benefits in terms of providing jobs and opportunities to develop business activities in the agricultural and high mountainous regions, where such activities where impossible before” – the Deputy Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development stated.
At the same time, as Natia Turnava noted, there are about 80 such small HPPs in Georgia, but this is far from the potential that the country has, as well as to existing and permanently increasing demand and the development of this direction need to be supported more.
“We promise that you will soon witness the launching of the numerous new HPPs, including the small ones” – Natia Turnava noted.