On Feb. 26, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources of Georgia Kakha Kaladze visited Akhaltsikhe Substation and observed the progress of Black Sea Transmission Network Project. He met with the General Director of Georgian State Electrosystem Sulkhan Zumburidze and Substation staff.

The Black Sea Transmission Network project is of utmost importance for the power system of Georgia. It will enhance the stability of power system operation, electricity losses will be decreased; the main network will be strengthened; and emergencies in the capital and East Region will be avoided. It will also enable the export of redundant electricity to neighboring countries during summer periods and to implement the electricity import-export and transit.

The project has been fully executed on the Georgian side. The Turkish party will finalize construction works in the nearest months and subsequently, Akhaltsikhe Substation will be commissioned. It should be noted that Turkey is actively involved in the process of applying for membership in Electricity Network of Transmission System Operators of Europe (ENTSO-E) which will enable Georgia, in perspective, to carry out electricity export-import and transit to Europe.

Installation of power transmission line towers, fundaments and fiber-optic cables with the total length of 292km has been carried out in the frames of Black Sea Transmission Network project.

The first high-voltage direct current station (HVDC) in the Caucasus Region was installed in Georgia. There are only a few countries in the world possessing such equipment.

Georgian State Electrosystem and its affiliated company Energotrans started implementation of the Black Sea Transmission Network project on May 3, 2011. Project construction works were executed by Siemens Austria, as for HVDC station installation works, they were executed by Siemens Germany.

The contract price of Akhaltsikhe 500/400/220kv substation and HVDC station projects equals 158.8 million Euro. Funds for the Black Sea Transmission Network Project were allocated as follows: EBRD - 80 million Euro; European Investment Bank – 80 million Euro; KfW – 100 million Euro, Government of Georgia – 53 million Euro; NIF grant – 8 million Euro.