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    GEORGIA INCREASES RUSSIAN ELECTRICITY IMPORT BY 100 MEGAWATTS

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    TRBILISI, February 24, 2004. (RIA Novosti) -- On Tuesday the Georgian United Energy Distributor Company has increased by 100 megawatts the volume of electricity import from Russia.

    Now the general amount of power import from Russia is 300 megawatts, of which the company uses 200 megawatts for its own needs, feeding the remaining 100 megawatts into the national energy grid.

    The decision on ad-hoc increase in the import of electricity has been taken on the basis of a written request from Georgian Fuel and Energy Minister Niki Gilauri.

    The 300 megawatts will be imported for only two days, the company said. On February 26th the figure will be cut to 250. In the meantime, the ninth power unit of the Mtkvari company will boost generation from 210 to 260 megawatts. In addition, the import of Russian electricity to Georgia's autonomy Adzharia will begin.

    If this is not the case, the Georgian United Energy Distributor Company will have to import as much power as before. If so, the credit of the German Bank for Reconstruction and Crediting will be exhausted before time.

    In case the money is thriftily used, the purchase of electricity could have been possible until March 14th, the company said.

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