The foundation of Georgia's first combined natural gas cycle power plant to be constructed by Çalık Enerji was laid by Georgia's Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili at a ceremony. Speaking at the foundation-laying ceremony of the Project which will be carried out in cooperation with Çalık Enerji, the Investment Fund of Georgia and Ministry of Energy of Georgia, Georgia's Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili said: “We have now embarked upon another investment which will put an end to our foreign dependence on power and enable us to export to the neighboring countries”.
By noting that the company plans to launch the 230 MW output Power Plant in Autumn 2015, Çalık Holding's Chairman Mr. Ahmet Çalık said: " This is the very first Project of the company in Georgia. We have been extremely impressed by positive and sincere perspectives of His Excellencies, the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and Energy Minister. This feels like home. Therefore, we have estalished a 50 percent partnership with the Investment Fund of Georgia and now we pursue to engage in other projects and investments on a joint basis. We are here to stay and would like to make investments in Georgia.''
Georgia is a homeland to invest
A ground breaking ceremony was held for Gardabani Combined Cycle Power Plant to be constructed by Çalık Enerji. The ceremony was attended by Georgia’s Prime Minister Iraqli Garshbashili, Georgia’s Deputy Prime Minister and Energy Minister Iraqli Kovzanadze, Under-Secretary Aydın Açıkel in the Turkish Embassy in Georgia, Çalık Holding's Chairman Mr. Ahmet Çalık, Çalık Enerji General Manager Mr. Osman Saim Dinç and numerous Georgian officials. Having delivered a speech at the ceremony, Georgia’s Prime Minister Iraqli Garibashvili said to Çalık Enerji: “Welcome to your second homeland”, pointing to the importance of the project for Georgia. Georgia’s Deputy Prime Minister and Energy Minister Kakha Kaladze pointed out in his speech at the ceremony that it is a primary target to prevent Georgia from relyin on foreign countries for power and then export power to the neighboring countries. Iraqli Kovzanadze, President of the Investment Fund of Georgia, noted in his speech that the country aspires to increase the annual power generation to 1.7 billion kW/h upon the launch of the state-of-the art Power Plant which will employ a total of 600 people.
Delivering a speech as a part of the ceremony, Çalık Holding's Chairman Mr. Ahmet Çalık praised the political and economic stability achieved by Georgia particularly in recentyears and added: "We jfeel like at home here in Georgia. We currently engage in brotherly relations which were kicked off when the former Prime Minister, His Excellency, Ivanishvili, took office and continued with Prime Minister Garibaldi and his cabinet later. We have been impressed by their perspective. We hold talks over cooperation in many fields.".