Theoretical Hydro Power Potential in Georgia

About this map

The hydro power potential in this map is intended to be used as a starting point for more detailed, local studies, that could lead to identification of feasible hydro power projects. The datasets belong to the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia (MOESD) and is temporarily hosted by NVE.

This dataset was last updated in 2016 and is one of the final products from the institutional cooperation between the Ministry of Energy of Georgia (MOE), The National Environmental Agency of Georgia (NEA), and the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE) (2013-2016).

The hydro power potential is calculated using cost catalogues for small and large hydro power plants in Georgia and the runoff map of Georgia. The method is documented in this report.

Filtered hydro power potential

This dataset is based on the gross theoretical hydropower potential, and includes all the projects in the gross theoretical hydropower potential that:

  • has an estimated construction cost less than $0.35 per annually generated kWh (price level 2015).
  • is not in conflict with existing hydro power plants (per 2015).
  • is not located in protected areas (per 2015).

Gross theoretical hydropower potential

Gross theoretical hydropower potential, regardless of construction costs, if the potential is already developed or if it is located within protected areas. This is the result of Step 2 in the report, and meant to give an overall impression of the theoretical hydro power potential in Georgia.

River network

The river network is derived from a digital elevation model (DEM). The identified rivers corresponds to rivers with a catchment area larger than 4.5 km2. Since the river network is derived from a DEM, the geometry of the rivers will not correspond exactly to existing hydrography. For further documentation, see Chapter 2 in this report. The river network map layer becomes visible when you zoom further in on the map.

This is the result of Step 3, described in the report, and is intended to be used as a starting point for more detailed studies.