AGL synchronises 186MW Shuakhevi hydro power plant in Georgia

23 August 2017 (Last Updated August 23rd, 2017 18:30)

Adjaristsqali Georgia (AGL) has synchronised the 186MW Shuakhevi hydro power project (HPP) in Georgia, US.

Adjaristsqali Georgia (AGL) has synchronised the 186MW Shuakhevi hydro power project (HPP) in Georgia, US.

AGL is a joint venture (JV) owned by Tata Power, Clean Energy Invest Norway, and World Bank member IFC InfraVentures.

The synchronisation was the start of a series of stabilisation procedures to ensure smooth operations of the HPP, which was constructed in July. It was built with an investment of more than $420m and took around four years to complete.

Approximately 730 people were hired to build the plant, which is expected to generate 470GWh and estimated to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 200,000t annually.

"[The plant] was built with an investment of more than $420m and took around four years to complete.."

Energy produced by the Shuakhevi HPP will be exclusively sold within Georgia throughout December, January, and February, the months that witness a shortage in power supply.

AGLCEO Prashant Joshi said: “The Shuakhevi Hydropower Project will contribute significantly to energy independence of Georgia.”

Tata Power also built a weir and two dams, featuring reservoirs and connecting tunnels to divert water to the plant.