An International Panel of Experts (IPOE) in the fields of hydropower and dams has been tasked with assessing the Nenskra hydropower project against "Good International Practice" relating to all matters of dam safety and the safe design and construction and efficient operation and maintenance of the project components. The review has been extensive and has delved independently into all the critical issues associated with the project to be satisfied that good practice has been utilised. The IPOE has reviewed several iterations of the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) Contractor's Basic Design proposals with a focus on all the Dam and Project Safety aspects. Particular contribution has been made to the embankment; asphaltic concrete face; foundation seepage treatment; spillway; tunnels and natural hazards risk assessment. The EPC Contractor completed its final Basic Design submission in December 2016: the report posted below contains the IPOE's final views on that design.
The Project comprises the development, construction and operation of Nenskra Hydro Power Plant with c. 280 MW of installed capacity and expected electricity output of 1,196 GWh assuming 50% load factor. The Project represents a significant infrastructural priority for the country and benefits of the highest support from the Government of Georgia (“GoG”).