Construction of Overhead Transmission Lines Ozurgeti-Zoti and Ozurgeti-Paliastomi (Lot 2 – Overhead Lines)

On July 9, 2021, the Georgian State Electrosystem (GSE) and an international construction company Mitas Energy and Metal Construction Inc. (Turkey) signed a contract for the construction of Overhead Transmission Lines (OHL) (KfW/DSI/OHL/L2) Ozurgeti-Zoti and Ozurgeti-Paliastomi. The commencement date of the contract was set for August 26th, 2021.

The project will be implemented within the framework of Energy Network Improvement Programme (ENIP) with the financial support of KfW and EU. Total investment of ENIP program includes funding from the German Bank for Reconstruction and Development (KfW) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and a grant from the European Neighborhood Investment Platform (NIP), with a total investment of EUR 270 Mln. 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.

The project envisages the construction of 220 kV (3.3 km) Loop in Loop out Paliastomi into Ozurgeti Substation and 110 kV (47 km) double Circuit (D/C) Overhead line from Ozurgeti Substation to Zoti HPP.

The project is related to reinforcement of transmission infrastructure in Guria and Adjara regions for implementing small hydropower plants on the grid and increasing the network’s reliability.

Benefits of the project:

  • a stable, reliable, cost-effective and efficient transmission system, ensuring network security;
  • sufficient transfer capacity for the integration of renewable energy sources into the network and power exchange with neighboring countries.

In order to support the 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.

The Guria project is implemented according to high international standards. In the preparatory stage, GSE, together with international consultants, investigated the project area, and possible threats of environmental impact, in order to select the best alternative, and held public hearings. A complaint management procedure has been established based on national legislation and international regulations.

Studies were conducted by international and local consultants to determine the impact of various alternative lines on the population and environment, buildings, settlements, and protected areas in order to avoid sensitive habitats as much as possible. The Outcome of the study is considered in the environmental and social impact assessment report.

Project Details:

  • In 2022, a detailed design was prepared, and the procedures for obtaining a construction permit were initiated;
  • In 2023, the construction permit was successfully acquired and the implementation works for resettlement activities were started;
  • In 2023, the contract's duration was prolonged until October 10, 2024, along with the project's total cost.

Project Cost:

  • The Contract Price is EUR 13,057,544

Project Period:

  • Project start date: August 26, 2021.
  • Project completion date: October 10, 2024.

Project Details:

  • At this stage, works on assambling the towers of 220kV transmission line have started.

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