GEEN officially launched the Jonouli 1 hydroelectric power plant in Georgia. The opening ceremony took place in the presence of the Deputy Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development, Mrs. Natii Turnavi, the representative of the governor, Mr. Giorgi Gonadze, and the Georgian media. Now the company is preparing a project for a second power plant from the planned complex to grow in Georgia.
Jonouli 1 hydropower plant produces up to 9 million kWh per year. In addition to the construction itself, the company implemented several projects for the local population, especially from the villages of Kulbaki and Chkhumi. 11 km of transmission line was built to provide more stable power supply to the localities. Furthermore, road infrastructure was built and social projects implemented. About 400 local residents were employed during the construction of the power plant.
“Together with GEEN, we opened Jonouli 1 hydroelectric power plant. Although it is a small source with a total output of 1.8 MW, it has still brought huge benefits to local residents. Even such small projects are very important and we expect more such power plants to be implemented in the future, ”Natia Turnava said during the start of operation.
Upon successful launch of Jonouli 1, GEEN is preparing plans to implement Jonouli 2. It will be located at the bottom of the river near Chkhumi village. As with the first project, it is now planned to create jobs for local residents during construction. Jonouli 2 will use the 8 km long feeder. The water drop at this power plant is 499 m, the expected installed capacity of the plant is 34 MWe.
The Jonouli 2 Hydroelectric Power Station is another company investment project that will help the Georgian population, even in other areas of life than the electricity supply. As the company projects positively affect more than one page of life in Georgia, the company also enjoys support for its government. This is evidenced by the presence of the office officials at the launch of Jonouli 1.