Technical Inspection of the Enguri Dam in Georgia

When: 1995

Where: Georgia

What: Developing Technical Skills

Key objectives

  • Provide technical assistance with the inspection of the Enguri Dam in Georgia and to identify priority areas for immediate remedial work

When: 1995

Where: Georgia

What: Developing Technical Skills

In close collaboration with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), we responded to a call for technical assistance from authorities in Georgia. Georgian authorities raised safety concerns of the 272-metre-high Enguri Dam, at the time the tallest vault dam in the world.

We sent a team of member company experts on a technical mission for a week to inspect the Enguri Dam and its powerhouse with their Georgian counterparts. The safety concerns were confirmed. In the years following the collapse of the USSR, a lack of maintenance of the dam resulted in a potentially dangerous situation.

The team’s report was circulated to various funding organizations such as the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the World Bank, as well as disaster relief organizations like the Humanitarian Affairs Department of the UN and the European Community Humanitarian Office (ECHO). In addition, we hosted an international institutions meeting in May 1995, which was attended by the World Bank, the EBRD, and the European Commission. At the meeting, each organization’s actions in Georgia were discussed in order to identify possible avenues for collaboration and to develop a game plan to secure funding for the remedial work on the dam.

As a result of these efforts, funding for partial immediate remedial work on the dam was secured. In August 1995, GSEP participated in an EBRD mission that was devoted to the preparation of immediate actions. During this mission, a consultant hired by the Swiss government confirmed the conclusions that the dam’s maintenance had been neglected and was in dire need of repair. The Swiss government proceeded with the first stage of remedial work and further repairs were financed by the European Union.

Participating members and partners

  • All members
  • United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
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