Electricity generation expand  by 23% due to improved output of Enguri HPP

Electricity generation expand by 23% due to improved output of Enguri HPP

access_time2021-08-24 11:55:23

In July, electricity generation in Georgia increased by 23% and amounted to 1.240 billion kWh, while consumption made up 1.160 billion.

 

The production increased due to the rehabilitation of the country's largest Enguri HPP. However, this slightly affected Georgia's energy balance, since a significant part of the energy generated by Enguri HPP is used by Abkhazia.

 

In July 2020, the HPP produced 395 million kWh of energy, in 2021 - 60% more or 633 million. Generation of the rest power plants remained almost unchanged.

 

​​It  became popular in Georgia to rehabilitate other hydroelectric power plants due to the unexpectedly large effect from the Enguri hydroelectric power plant.  Supporters of this approach say their rehabilitation will increase energy generation so that to avoid imports. At the same time, there will be no need to build new large hydroelectric power plants, regarding which public opinion is ambiguous.


 

Experts believe that smaller hydroelectric power plants of the Soviet period, which survived in Georgia, have a resource for increasing generation although not too great, and their rehabilitation will not cover the deficit. As a result, imports will slightly decline but still will remain quite high.

 

In July, Georgia did not import electricity, but in the past months imports exceeded the figures of the same period in 2020 by 100 million kWh due to the Enguri HPP rehabilitation.

 

Apart from that, imports and energy price produced in the country has decreased. Thanks to the pandemic, energy imports have become cheaper than heat production and in January-February 2020, thermal power plants generated 950 million kWh against 670 million in the same period of 2021.

 

Electricity consumption in Abkhazia grew the most - by 25% due to uncontrolled and almost free cryptocurrency mining.


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