Environmental problems of Shuakhevi Hydro Power Plant, Adjara, Georgia
Briefing | 23 July 2018
The 184 MW Shuakhevi Hydro Power Plant is under construction on the Adjaristsqali river and two of its main tributaries in the Autonomous Republic of Adjara, Georgia. The design envisages it as a run-of-the-river plant with capacity of diurnal storage in two reservoirs, allowing Shuakhevi HPP to store water for up to 12 hours and sell electricity at peak demand times. By July 2017 most of the construction phase is finalized, but the HPP is still not in operation because of problems with water diversion through tunnels and connection to transmission lines. This means that major changes in the river ecosystems are still to come.