Big dams, big damage, and little benefit: Georgia’s hydropower plans

Big dams, big damage, and little benefit: Georgia’s hydropower plans. Green By Blue Georgia is blessed with water and with mountains, the ideal combination for hydropower. For supporters of Georgia’s hydropower projects building an additional 100 dams in the country (as the Government suggests) will secure Georgia’s future energy needs and earn much needed revenue. But …

Big dams, big damage, and little benefit: Georgia’s hydropower plansGreen By Blue

Georgia is blessed with water and with mountains, the ideal combination for hydropower. For supporters of Georgia’s hydropower projects building an additional 100 dams in the country (as the Government suggests) will secure Georgia’s future energy needs and earn much needed revenue. But is Georgia’s government sacrificing the country’s natural assets for little return; and by focusing almost exclusively on hydropower is the Georgia closing the door to the real economic, social and technological benefits of sustainable renewable energy?


Will Georgia go green after EU association agreement?

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Will Georgia go green after EU association agreement? On Friday Georgia will sign anassociation agreement with the European Union, meaning that our country will start cooperating more closely with the EU and even implement more European legislation. This is good news, particularly when it comes to the environment. At the moment in Georgia, we have too …

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Six still missing after massive landslide in Georgia

Six still missing after massive landslide in Georgia. Environment Democracy & Freedom Watch 12 Turkish citizens were rescued out of a tunnel, while two drivers of trucks that were caught in the landslide were brought to safety.Interior Minister Alexandre Chikaidze said Tuesday that salvage crews have not been able to find any of the six who are …

Six still missing after massive landslide in Georgia. Environment Democracy & Freedom Watch

12 Turkish citizens were rescued out of a tunnel, while two drivers of trucks that were caught in the landslide were brought to safety.Interior Minister Alexandre Chikaidze said Tuesday that salvage crews have not been able to find any of the six who are missing. The search had to be suspended on Monday due to bad weather.


Ukrainian citizen dies at Dariali gorge

Ukrainian citizen dies at Dariali gorge. The Messenger One person has died as a result of the disaster and seven are believed to be lost after the landslide at Dariali gorge on May 17. Although the rescue service assisted the citizen of Ukraine and took him by helicopter to the hospital, he did not survive. 

Ukrainian citizen dies at Dariali gorge. The Messenger

One person has died as a result of the disaster and seven are believed to be lost after the landslide at Dariali gorge on May 17. Although the rescue service assisted the citizen of Ukraine and took him by helicopter to the hospital, he did not survive. 


People still missing after landslide

People still missing after landslide. The Messenger Five people are still missing following a landslide on May 17 near Gveleti village, 20 km from the construction site of the Dariali hydropower plant in northern Georgia near the Russian border. 

People still missing after landslideThe Messenger

Five people are still missing following a landslide on May 17 near Gveleti village, 20 km from the construction site of the Dariali hydropower plant in northern Georgia near the Russian border. 


Statement on the natural disaster in the Dariali gorge, 17 May 2014

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The landslide in the Dariali gorge of the Kazbegi municipality has killed several people and left others missing. The disaster also damaged a section of the road formerly known as the Georgian Military Road. According to the state security and crisis management council, several people have been trapped in the Dariali hydropower plant’s derivation tunnel, …

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Environmental group warned about landslide risk

Environmental group warned about landslide risk. Environment Democracy & Freedom Watch Five people are missing and a hundred and fifty have been rescued out of the disaster area in the north of Georgia where a massive one million cubic meters of rock tumbled down the hillsides Saturday morning, clogging the river Tergi, and cutting of the only road …

Environmental group warned about landslide riskEnvironment Democracy & Freedom Watch

Five people are missing and a hundred and fifty have been rescued out of the disaster area in the north of Georgia where a massive one million cubic meters of rock tumbled down the hillsides Saturday morning, clogging the river Tergi, and cutting of the only road through the Caucasus mountains, as well as the gas supply from Russia to Armenia.


Darliali hydropower plant project

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The Georgian company JSC Dariali Energy has requested a loan of up to USD 80 million from the EBRD for the 108 MW Dariali hydropower (HPP) project. Theproject involves the construction of a derivation-type HPP on the Tergi river in the municipality of Kazbegi. The project will divert water from the town of Stepatsminda towards the powerhouse close …

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The Shuakhevi hydropower plant project

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Adjaristsqali Georgia LLC (AGL), a subsidiary of the Norwegian Clean Energy Invest, has requested up to USD 86.5 million from the EBRD for the construction of the 185 MW Shuakhevi hydropower plant (HPP). The project involves the construction of the 22-metre Skhalta dam (with a 19.4 hectare reservoir) and the 39-metre Didachara dam (with a 16.9 hectare reservoir) on …

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Russian energy giants and lobbyists for a mega dam

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A campaign run by lobbyists in favour of the Khudoni hydropower project has recently become more and more aggressive. At stake is the reputation of the investor ‘Transelectrica limited,’ as it was unable to fulfill the conditions of its contract with government in that it failed to receive a construction permit by 1 March 2014. …

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