BATUMI MUNICIPAL WATERSUPPLY & WASTEWATERSYSTEM REHABILITATION PROJECTREHABILITATION
The realization of KfW project began in January 2008. The project is divided into three phases:
- I PHASE: KfW granted preferential loan of approximately EUR 17 million and Batumi Municipality co-financed the project by EUR 5 million.
- II PHASE: KfW loan amounted to EUR 35 million with co-financing of EUR 5 million from Batumi Municipality. In parallel to Phase II, KfW granted loan of EUR 10 million for the coastal line of Sarpi - Kvariati - Gonio - Akhalsopheli wastewater systems, out of which EUR 3.3 million was transferred for Batumi rehabilitation works. Totally EUR 75 million were spent for Batumi water and wastewater system rehabilitation within I and II phases including co-financing.
- By financing I and II phases of the project, water system in ¾ of the city territory and wastewater system in ⅓ of the city territory will be completely rehabilitated. Within I and II phases, 2 water reservoirs (10 thousand tons) in Injalo and Salibauri were constructed; Chaisubani and Mejinistskali wastewater treatment plants, 2 wastewater pumping stations, 2 water pumping station and water transmission pipelines were rehabilitated. Akhalsopheli-Gonio-Kvariati-Sarpi wastewater system construction was completed.
- III PHASE: KfW issued preferential loan of approximately EUR 20 million and grant of EUR 15 million in addition to EU grant (NIF Fund) of EUR 4 million and Batumi Municipality project co-financing of EUR 5 million. Within III phase, rehabilitation and expansion of Chakvi-Makhinjauri-Mtsvane Kontskhi water supply system, water supply of Batumi Zone 1 and rehabilitation works of Batumi Zones 3 and 4 wastewater systems will be completed by 2017 years.
REHABILITATION OF KOBULETI WATER SUPPLY & WASTEWATER SYSTEMS
The project of rehabilitation of water supply and wastewater in Kobuleti was implemented with the assistance of Municipal Development Fund of Georgia and was financed by Millennium Challenge Georgia, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the Dutch Government within the framework of ORET facility and the Government of Autonomous Republic of Ajara.
The project is divided into three phases:
- Phase I - EUR 2 560 000 for water system rehabilitation
- Phase II - EUR 10 180 000 for wastewater rehabilitation
- Phase III - EUR 6 000 000 for wastewater treatment plant
The project covers the construction of the storage reservoir, treatment plant, water pumping station, wastewater booster pumping station, water and wastewater transmission mains. Phases I and II of the project are completed and Phase III (Construction of Wastewater Treatment Plant) will be completed by 2015.
The government of Ajara Autonomous Republic together with Government of Georgia (GoG) continuously works on rehabilitation of roads in the region. GoG with financial support from Asian Development Bank (ADB) has initiated important project for the country and specifically for Ajara. The project aims at building bypass and transit roads on Poti-Batumi-Sarpi highway section of Ajara. The road will bypass Batumi, Kobuleti and reach Georgia-Turkey border. As a result, Batumi and Kobuleti will be completely relieved from traffic. After the project completion, heavy trucks will not pass the coastal populated areas, which is very important for Ajara in terms of tourism development in the region as well as further development of transit corridor in the country. Around USD 50 million has been allocated in 2014 for rehabilitation of road networks and highways of both international and state importance in Ajara. More than USD 10 million has been financed from the Republican Budget of Ajara Autonomous Republic for rehabilitation of road networks and highways of local importance in 2014.
GASIFICATION OF AJARA REGION
Socar Georgia Gas Ltd started gasification of Ajara region in 2008. During last years, the company has has installed gas infrastructure for nearly 70 000 customers. Nowadays, the company has about 46 000 customers including 1 616 non-domestic, small and large industrial and commercial entities and 44 384 domestic customers in Batumi, Khelvachauri and Kobuleti.
In 2008-2014 Socar Georgia Gas Ltd has invested USD 42 million in construction of 332 047 km long medium pressure and 318 940 km long low pressure gas pipelines in Ajara. Currently, intensive gasification is going on in Batumi (gasification process of remaining districts), as well as in Khelvachauri and Kobuleti municipalities. The company follows gasification program according to which the whole Ajara region will be gasified in coming several years.
AJARA SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT PROJECT
The Ajara Solid Waste Management Project intends to improve solid waste management services in the region through building a new sanitary landfill facility. New landfill site will serve the entire population of Ajara. The total investment costs are estimated at EUR 7 million, to be financed by a loan from the EBRD of EUR 3 million and a grant from the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) of EUR 4 million. Project includes closure of Batumi landfill, Kobuleti landfill and temporary dumping sites, and construction of a new sanitary landfill in Tsetskhlauri, Kobuleti Municipality. A Gas collection facility and a gas power production system will be installed three years after the landfill goes into operation.