Power generated at the Enguri HPP to be distributed between Abkhazia and Georgia on the basis of 40/60%  

Power generated at the Enguri HPP to be distributed between Abkhazia and Georgia on the basis of 40/60%  

access_time2021-11-30 12:15:34

Electricity generated at the Enguri hydro power plant (HPP) will be distributed between Abkhazia and Georgia on the basis of 40/60% - that is the Abkhaz side will receive 40%, the Georgian side — 60% of power.

This scheme was introduced after the end of the war in 1993, and was caused by the fact that the HPP built during the Soviet era operates both in Georgia and in Abkhazia. None of the parties can operate the power plant alone. For this reason, the parties had to come to an agreement.

Power engineers say that this quota was observed until the last year, when, due to excessive energy consumption, the Abkhaz side got more energy than it was supposed to.


Energy specialist Gia Arabidze believes that the Georgian energy system
will sigh with a relief if this principle is restored.

If the Abkhaz side needs more energy, it will have to buy energy from Russia. It will be more expensive, but then they will use energy more efficiently. The problems with electricity consumption have appeared recently when the country launched a lagre scale bitcoin mining, ”he says.


The Abkhaz side will have to adjust the consumed energy, control miners, increase a very low electricity tariff that the population does not pay even now.

In January-October 2021, Abkhazia consumed 2.3 billion kWh of energy that is 19, 5% more than in the same period of 2020.

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