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.”
Specialists from SMEC’s Water Resources team will deliver technical presentations at the 2023 Floodplain Management Australia National Conference in Sydney. The annual event has been hosted by the FMA for over 50 years, and is the most esteemed flood risk management forum of its kind in Australia.
The SMEC RITES JV has been overseeing the management and implementation of the Haryana Orbital Rail Corridor (HORC) project since early 2022, with foundation stone laid in October 2022 by Union Home Minister Amit Shah.
SMEC has been engaged by DT Global, through the Australian Government-funded Economic and Social Infrastructure Program (ESIP), to undertake a feasibility study for the rehabilitation of the Pauanda Hydropower Project in Papua New Guinea.
SMEC’s bridge structures specialists are presenting technical papers at the 2023 Australian Small Bridges Conference, Australasia’s largest bridge exhibition, held on the Gold Coast, Australia. The Conference will feature a comprehensive exhibition, providing attendees the opportunity to view and discuss innovative products and services now available from bridge contractors, designers and suppliers.