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How to divide the InguriGES?2008-12-19 17:49
The InguriGES future is still open to question. The dam is in Georgia, the plant is in Abkhazia. "60% of energy was consumed by Georgia, 40% was our share", Abkhazia's president Sergey Bapapsh says. - Now we are going to reconsider these agreements. There are five 260 MW units. Abkhazia consumes 200 MW per day in winter time. At the moment we are negotiating with the "Inter RAO EES". It is hard for us to manage all the facility by ourselves, that is why we are involving Russian structures.
It is not impossible that the Georgian authorities will be very negative about the words published in "Gazeta" on December 15. There were scandals related to the hydroelectric plant on the Inguri River before. The thing is that the dam is in the territory of Georgia and the plant room and the control unit are in Abkhazia.
The last time mass media were discussing the GES at the end of November. Then the press reported that Georgia had tendered several facilities of this kind. "Erkramas" information center stated that Tbilisi was going to sell the Inguri station. And supposedly there was a buyer - "Azenergy", a company from Baku. The company's vice president Marlen Askerov confirmed to Regnum agency that Georgia had proposed to take part in the bidding and received a general consent.
After that Sergey Bagapsh stated that the hydroelectric plant "has always been and will always be ours and in any negotiations it is we who will dictate terms". There was an immediate response from Tbilisi. The Secretary of Security Council at that time Alexander Lomaya put it this way: "This is energy blackmail. What does it mean "we will dictate our terms? Will they take away the control panels from our specialists by force?"
Sukhum however does not need any "take-away operation". As the control panel, it will be repeated, is in its hands.
Eventually it was Georgia to put a full stop in this scandal. The Energy Ministry dropped this subject saying the matter of the Inguri GES sale was not under consideration.
Tbilisian site "Our Abkhazia" gave a rather unexpected interpretation of Sergey Bagapsh's new message. On December 17 it informed that recently the Russian troops had occupied strategic mountainous areas and placed artillery units in Galsky district making the following "conclusion": "Russia might undertake the InguriGES occupation in order to enhance the separatist enclave".