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Georgian authorities suspend construction of Khudo HPP2013-04-29 13:42
Georgian government has postponed the decision on a permit for construction of the largest hydroelectric power plant (HPP) in the country - Khudoni HPP - for almost a year. This was announced by Georgian Energy Minister Kakha Kaladze, the RBC reports.gt-en-newsitem-inside
"A three-month moratorium on the construction was extended till the 1st of March, 2014," Kaladze said. In addition, an agreement, drawn up by the Georgian government with the British-Indian consortium TransElectrica, which is the operator of the Khudo HPP, was amended.
According to the Minister, they are going to assess the impact of a hydropower plant on the environment. Next, they will examine the Ministry of Environment of Georgia.
Khudoni plant was to be the second largest hydroelectric plant of Georgia after the Inguri hydroelectric power station, located in the zone of the Georgian-Abkhaz conflict and generating 1 thousand 300 megawatts of electricity. The designed power of the HPP is a little more than 700 megawatts, the cost of its construction is estimated at $ 1 billion.