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Black Sea Energy Transmission System



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ESIA disclosed:

13 May 2009



Approval date:

21 Oct 2009

Purpose of the Environmental and Social Impact Assessments

The Republic of Georgia intends to expand and upgrade the country’s electricity grid. One part of this program will be to complete a high-voltage transmission line across southern Georgia. The line will connect Gardabani to Zestaphoni via Akhaltsikhe, and a new line will run from near Akhaltsikhe to the Turkish border. In addition, the project will expand electrical substations near Gardabani and Zestaphoni and construct a new substation near Alkaltsikhe.

Georgia’s energy strategy calls for 100 percent of power to come from hydropower and for Georgia to export power to neighbouring countries, including Turkey.

Over half of the foundations and towers for the new line were constructed between 1989 and 1992, when the project was abandoned. The Ministry of Energy now proposes to complete this line, and to extend it to the Turkish border. The reasons for the project include:

  • Energy security
  • Balance energy demand
  • Increase energy reliability
  • Increase exports
  • Strengthen regional power grid

The Project Execution Agency for the project is the Georgia State Electrosystem (GSE). GSE, through its daughter company EnergoTrans, will be responsible for designing and constructing the line.

There is a project summary document available for this project.

ESIA Summary

Executive summary (English) (1MB - PDF)
Executive summary (Georgian) (2MB - PDF)
Executive summary (Armenian) (1MB - PDF)
Executive summary (Azeri) (1MB - PDF)

Full ESIA availability

Full ESIA documentation is available locally at:
EBRD Headquarters in London,



  • Energotrans Ltd, Ministry of Energy Building: Tbilisi, Baratashvili street No 2.
  • Ministry of Energy of Georgia: Tbilisi, Baratashvili street No2.
  • Scientific Research Firm GAMMA Ltd: Tbilisi, Merab Alexidze Street No9.
  • Aarhus centre Tbilisi office: Tbilisi, 6 Gulua Street.


  • Georgian State Electrosystem, Kutaisi Branch, Kutaisi, Avtomshenebelis Street No 2a


  • Environmental information centre in Marneuli, Leselidze street No1


  • Environmental information centre in Gardabani, David Agmashenebelis Avenue No127


  • Visitor’s centre of Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park, Meskheti street No23


  • Samtskhe-Javakheti Regional Department of the Ministry of Environment Protection and Natural Resources, Didimamishvili Street 2a.


EBRD Resident Office - Marjanishvili street, (Green Building, IV - V floor) Tbilisi 0102, Georgia


Full ESIA documentation is available locally in Georgian and English at


Environmental or social enquiries:
Ministry of Energy of Georgia
Marita Arabidze
Chief Specialist
Baratashvili Str.2, Tbilisi

Tel: + 995 22 35 78 22 (office), +995 93 72 85 95 (mobile)


This document was prepared at an early stage of project development, before consideration by the EBRD Board of Directors. Details of a project may change following disclosure.

Environmental and Social Impact Assessments and ESIA summaries are produced by project sponsors, and the EBRD makes them available without any comment or implied endorsement. Any views expressed or statements made in the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment or the ESIA Summary do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of the EBRD.

Last updated 25 June 2014

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