Construction of Overhead Transmission Lines Tskaltubo-Akhaltsikhe and Akhaltsikhe-Tortum (Lot 1 – Overhead Lines)
On February 18, 2022 the Georgian State Electrosystem (GSE) an international construction company KEC International Limited (India) signed a contract on construction of Overhead Transmission Lines (OHL) Tskaltubo-Akhaltsikhe and Akhaltsikhe-Tortum. An official signature ceremony was held on March 1 (Click here for Contract Signing Ceremony).
Construction of Tskaltubo-Akhaltsikhe and Akhaltsikhe-Tortum OHLs is financed by KfW and its value is approximately EUR 62 Mln. Construction works will be executed by KEC International Limited and supervision-engineering services for the construction works will be undertaken by the German consultant company Fichtner GmbH.
The project envisages construction of Tskaltubo-Akhaltsikhe 500kV approximately 103km-long OHL and Akhaltsikhe-Tortum 400kV approximately 34km-long OHL connecting Georgia-Turkey power systems. As a result, the Georgian interconnection will be reinforced with the Turkish power system, as well as with Europe. This project will create another important precondition for use of Georgia’s rich hydro power resources.
After completion of the project the Country’s power network capacity and reliability will be increased significantly, reserve network will be created for 500kV power line Enguri-Zestaponi-Akhaltsikhe and shutdowns and volume of undelivered electricity will be decreased, which on its part will facilitate cross-border trade.
The project is co-financed by the Federal Republic of Germany through KfW and European Union within the framework of ENIP (Energy Network Improvement Programme). The total investment of ENIP is EUR 270 Mio, co-financed by KfW and EBRD, including EUR 9.9 Mio grant funding from the EU Neighbourhood Investment Facility (EU NIF) implemented by KfW.The infrastructure components of ENIP are located across all of Georgia. Under ENIP, approximately 500 km of transmission lines and 5 substations will be constructed and extended. In order to support implementation of these projects under Open Programme Extension of the Transmission Network II, a Supervision Consultancy Contract was signed with the German company - Fichtner GmbH and Co. on February 19th, 2018. Fichtner GmbH and Co. is the Supervision Consultant for all KfW-financed components of ENIP.
- Preparation of the detailed design started in April 2021.
- From April 2021 the Contractor started preconstruction surveys, in particular, line route survey and soil investigation.
- Procedures for obtaining construction permits (including implementation of the Resettlement Action Plan) shall be finalized and construction works shall be commenced by the end of 2023.
- Construction of the OHLs will be completed in June 2025.
- EUR 61,972,057.