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Georgia has implemented reforms in the energy sector resulting in increased power supplies nationwide. But energy services still do not meet the country’s needs. USAID projects help facilitate investment to build new hydropower production facilities, improve natural gas transmission infrastructure to increase the availability of gas for households and key economic development zones, and improve electrical power transmission through constructing new power lines, while promoting increased energy efficiency.

Current programs:

New Applied Technology Efficiency and Lighting Initiative II
Oct 2011 – June 2013
Winrock International

The project supports the creation of an effective framework for private solutions in the provision of clean and affordable energy to off-grid villages; energy analysis and dialogue related to the energy security; masters level energy education and professional certification programs, and Georgia’s integration into European and Black Sea/Caspian Energy Markets.          

Georgian Energy and Water Regulatory
Sept 2010 – June 2013
Commission (GNEWRC) Partnership Program
National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissions (NARUC)

This project fosters the exchange of experience and information between U.S. and Georgian energy regulatory bodies. It improves regulatory practices and develops institutional capacity in market-based regulation. Activities include fostering long-term sustainable relationships between regulatory bodies in both countries through conferences and creating a framework through which a U.S. commission works with the Georgian Energy and Water Regulatory Commission.

Black Sea Transmission Planning
Sept 2010 – Sept 2014
US Energy Association (USEA)

This project analyzes the existing high voltage networks from a regional perspective to identify investments that will improve the network’s capacity to support electricity trade and exchange, while optimizing overall system security and reliability.

Power and Gas Infrastructure Program (PGIP)
May 2010 – Nov 2013
Government of Georgia

PGIP assists the Government of Georgia to undertake strategic interventions in gas and power infrastructure aimed at enhancing the energy security of the country. It supports the ongoing efforts of Georgia’s power transmission company and Georgia’s gas transit operator to construct and rebuild necessary power and gas transmission infrastructure. PGI consists of the following five sub-components:

(1)  Infrastructure Oversight and Capacity Building
       May 2010 – Sept 2014 Tetra Tech

The project provides professional engineering technical services to support power and gas transmission improvements being undertaken by USAID on behalf of the Government of Georgia.

(2) Construction of the Poti Senaki gas pipeline Segment of the Pipeline
      Sept 2010 – July 2011 
      Georgian Oil and Gas Corporation (GOGC)

This project provides access to energy for the people of Poti, Senaki, Khobi and adjacent rural areas in Samegrelo Region. It will also provide gas to industries in the first free industrial zone (FIZ) in the Caucasus region being developed adjacent to the Poti Black Sea Port.

(3) Construction of the Kutaisi - Senaki gas pipeline
      June 2012 – Sept 2013
      Georgian Oil and Gas Corporation (GOGC)

The project will fund the construction of a 76-km and 700-mm diameter pipeline from Kutaisi to Senaki to replace undersized and leaking existing pipeline sections on the East-West Gas Pipeline.

(4) Construction of additional pipeline segments in Eastern and Western Georgia
      June 2013 – Sept 2014
      Georgian Oil and Gas Corporation (GOGC) 

The project will potentially fund the construction of an additional 60-km and 700-mm diameter pipeline sections on the East-West Gas Pipeline.

(5) Electricity Transmission Upgrade, Reconstruction and Operation
      To be completed by Sept 2013

This component includes reconstruction of the 220kV Senaki twin chain power lines dismantled in 1992 during Georgia’s civil war. It includes full and partial construction of new power substations to support the Senaki line, and operational controls designed to improve efficiencies and reduce risks in transmission management.  This component may also fund the reconstruction of the Dariali/Dusheti powerline system to feed hydropower from the Dariali and Larsi hydropower plants into the national power grid.

Last updated: July 10, 2014

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