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    David Saganelidze: “The Khudoni Dam is the Most Perspective Project”

     
    “I’d like to tell you that Georgia is currently facing an energy problem. If we desire economic growth, we’ll require a serious energy resource. Unfortunately, we’re not a country that’s pandered with oil or natural gas, and so our largest resource is hydro energy, and it should undoubtedly be utilized to its maximum capacity” – states David Saganelidze from the Parliament majority.

    According to him, everything must be done in order to direct each incoming investment towards building energy strengths.

    He further elaborated on the long-term ramifications: “that’s all we can do for our grandchildren. We have an enormous resource of Mountain Rivers, unlike many other countries. And also unlike them, our main orientation point should be hydro energy, as opposed to thermal and nuclear power plants. The case in point is which of the two is more realistic: a megaproject akin to the Khudoni HPP or smaller-scale power plants? I say, both. We shouldn’t be afraid of the environmental or climate impacts from megaprojects, and if we assess them correctly, we’ll manage not to go on overly large risks. But the fact that certain microclimates may change on certain territories is a natural occurence, and I see nothing dangerous in it.”

    “I’ve been to many countries where I’ve seen this field developed. Scotland, Ireland, the Wales, France, et cetera. I’ve seen the dam cascades coexisting with nature, and it’s quite beautiful, although the environmental protection requirements are the topmost priority there. There are dams which generate over a thousand megawatts and without a single electric wire or pole – it’s all laid out underground via cables in a way that doesn’t harm and disfigure the environment.”

    He also commented on the ongoing Khudoni HPP project directly, saying that it should be built. “The country needs these sorts of HPPs. And it [Khudoni HPP] is the most perspective project. However, all the nuances starting from all historic monuments being affected and ending with the local population’s demands should be adequately assessed.”

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