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According to her, the state and other investors may not be fully involved, but most importantly, this problem has taught the government a lot:
“We have seen that such large projects need a different approach from the government and more work. We have high hopes that Namakhvani HPP will be built and it will happen with the active involvement of the state”, Natia Turnava said.
If Namakhvani HPP was built, it would have become the largest energy project in the country’s history since independence. The project was to be implemented by Turkey’s largest construction company and cost $ 800 million, although the company terminated its contract with Georgia on September 22, 2021.
The government, which was the main lobbyist for the project, claimed that the proclaimed risks associated with the project were exaggerated and that Georgia would face serious energy security problems in a few years without the construction of new hydropower plants.
Protest movement and resistance of public groups towards the construction of the Namakhvani HPP lasted for almost a year. For months, tents were set up near Namakhvani, and activists prevented heavy equipment from being moved in there. In the spring, the protest moved to Tbilisi.
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