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Namakhvani Hydro Power Plant Cascade Project

ENKA and Norway’s Clean Energy Group have been awarded the rights to develop, construct, own and operate the Namakhvani HPP Cascade Project in Georgia. A perpetual build-own-operate agreement will be signed with the Government of Georgia.

The project comes with a 15-year power purchase agreement with the Government of Georgia, backed by a state guarantee for eight months of the year (September through April). These months will account for about 60% of the power to be generated by the project. Amounts generated in excess of the guarantee, as well as any power generated following the expiry of the power purchase agreement, will be sold in the domestic market or exported.

As part of its Association Agreement with the EU, Georgia is committed to developing a transparent hourly day-ahead balancing market for electricity by 2020. Georgia will play an important role in the planned integration of power systems and energy trading between Georgia, Turkey, Russia, Azerbaijan and Armenia.

ENKA will build the Namakhvani HPP Cascade Project as the EPC Contractor. The project is well advanced with a preliminary design developed by the Italian engineering firm Studio Pietrangeli. The construction and environmental permits have been obtained and agreements to acquire most of the land have been signed.

The Namakhvani HPP Cascade Project encompasses two separate HPPs on the Rioni River: the Lower Namakhvani HPP (333 MW) and the Upper Namakhvani HPP (100 MW). In addition, approximately 30 km of road, which will be submerged by the reservoir, will be relocated.

Project Description

Namakhvani HPP Cascade Project

  • Engineering
  • Procurement
  • Construction
  • Commissioning & Operation

Project Features

Scope of Work
Engineering, Procurement, Construction, Commissioning and Operation
Georgian Government
Key Quantities

Name of HPP
Namakhvani HPP
Namakhvani HPP
Estimated Annual Production
1,135 GWh
343 GWh
Installed Capacity
333 MW
100 MW
Dam Height
105 m
59 m
Turbine Type
Number of Turbines
Headrace Tunnel Length
4.4 km
Project Duration
Start Date
Finish Date
39 Months

ENKA and Norway’s Clean Energy Group have been awarded the rights to develop, construct, own and operate the Namakhvani HPP Cascade Project.

ENKA Namakhvani Official Web Site

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