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.”
SMEC has been engaged to supervise civil works for upgrading the Central Cross Island Road (CCIR) in Samoa. The CCIR is one of the main economic arteries on Upolu Island and one of several key roads damaged when Tropical Cyclone Evan struck the Pacific Island nation in 2012. The project is being carried out in association with local sub-consultant MMSM Ltd for the Land Transport Authority (LTA) of Samoa and is funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
The Uzbekistan Ministry of Water Resources has appointed SMEC as Project Implementation Consultant for the Climate Adaptative Water Resources Management project. The project will combine investment from the Republic of Uzbekistan government and the Asian Development Bank to improve climate resilience in the Aral Sea Basin.
The Baime Hydropower Project in Morobe Province in Papua New Guinea is scheduled for commissioning by March 2023. With total installed capacity of 11.6 MW, the plant will be able to produce 81 GWh of hydroelectric energy annually.
The Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (DWASA) has appointed SMEC in a Joint Venture with ACE Bangladesh and Development Design Consultants Ltd as Project Management Consultant for the Dhaka Sanitation Improvement project (DSIP).