Our journey in South and Central Asia began in 1968, with a hydropower project in Nepal that connected people in remote Himalayan areas with water and power. Today our commitment to collaborating with our clients and partners to deliver efficient and cost-effective energy systems continues.
As a member of the International Hydropower Association’s board, SMEC is proactive in shaping conversations within the industry and among critical stakeholders to progress investment and development in renewable hydropower. In delivering our services, we assess the social and biodiversity impacts of projects according to the association’s global sustainability standards.
Testament to SMEC’s sustainability focus, the Memorandum of Understanding will see our team of international and local experts cooperate with the Georgian Energy Development Fund to approach future investors in clean energy projects.
From financing the nation’s first wind farm, to supporting solar panel installation on school rooftops across the city of Batumi, the Georgian Energy Development Fund has initiated numerous renewables projects.
Likewise, SMEC has also been involved in numerous Georgian sustainable development initiatives. Work on the Tbilisi Water Supply and Sanitation Immediate Investment Program (our first project in the country) began in 1999. In 2017 we established a permanent office in the capital city of Tbilisi, and we regularly cooperate with the Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure of Georgia on numerous projects, including Batumi Bypass Road Project and transport links for Anaklia Deep Sea Port.
“We are proud to have worked with the Georgian government to progress developments including the ongoing EIB funded Transport Connectivity Project,” shares Giorgi Kakaladze, Head of Operations.
“As infrastructure consultants and engineering specialists, SMEC is well placed to influence sustainability and environmental outcomes in hydropower and renewable energy projects both nationally and across the South and Central Asia region.
“Signing an MoU with the Georgian Energy Development Fund harnesses our expertise in renewable energy, infrastructure development, and managed services, and aligns with our plans to establish ourselves as a leading green and renewable energy consultant in Central Asia.”
The Tbilisi Development Fund has engaged SMEC to develop the Dighomi floodplain rehabilitation strategy. The Dighomi Floodplain is an area of special conservation interest, which includes riparian forest, protected Otter habitat and other unique flora and fauna ecosystems that have been assessed as critical by the International Finance Corporate Performance Standard.
SMEC has been contracted by Electricidade De Timor-Leste (EDTL) for the role of Project Supervision Consultants for the Power Distribution Modernisation Project in Timor-Leste. Supported by a loan from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the project aims to assist EDTL in modernising the country’s power distribution system and strengthening institutional capacity.
Geotechnics will play a key role in helping our society achieve a safe, prosperous and sustainable future. Recent droughts have resulted in a need for more dam design and construction. Recent rainfall has resulted in extensive slop failures impacting our roads, rail and urban infrastructure. Energy transformation is driving large scale solar, wind and pumped hydro construction. These projects will all require geotechnical input to future plan for our communities.
Richard Parsons, one of SMEC’s key leaders in Social Value and Engagement is presenting on their technical paper ‘Considering Social Impact Assessment from a public interest perspective - some critical questions’ at the Environmental Institute of Australia and New Zealand 2023 Impact Assessment Symposium in Canberra.