ArmInfo. Contour Global Hydro Cascade will make additional AMD 27.5 billion drams investmen in the modernization of its Vorotan Cascade of Hydroelectric Power Plants in Armenia. At the October 10 meeting, the Government of the Republic of Armenia approved the company's application for exemption from customs payments for imported equipment.
As the Deputy Minister of Economy of the Republic of Armenia Avag Avavnesyan noted, within the framework of the program, the company has already invested 10.9 billion drams.
Imported equipment will be used to generate electricity. In 2018, electricity in the amount of 13.3 billion drams was generated in Cascade; the implementation of the new program will increase these indicators to 15.3 billion drams. Currently, the company has 100 employees with an average salary of 413 thousand drams. Under the new program, it is planned to create 10 more new jobs with an average salary of 700 thousand drams. In 2018, the company paid 760 million drams to the state budget in the form of taxes.
As ArmInfo previously reported, the property complex of the Vorotan Cascade of Hydroelectric Power Plants was pledged under attracted credit resources. 100% of the company's shares are distributed in equal proportions between financial institutions such as HSBC Trustee Company, the international financial corporation, the Netherlands Development and Finance Fund, the German Investment and Development Fund, and the Republic of Armenia. A pledge of property will make it possible to attract an additional 150 million euros for the modernization of the stations of the Vorotan Cascade of Hydroelectric Power Plants, not counting 51 million euros raised by the government from the German bank KfW before the sale of Cascade to an American company. To recall, on December 1, 2015, the Armenian government decided to renew the contract with the American company "Contour Global" to clarify the obligation of American investors to repay the remaining part of the loan of 51 million euros from KfW Bank.
On August 12, 2015, the American company Contour Global and the Republic of Armenia announced the completion of the acquisition of assets of the Vorotan Cascade of Hydroelectric Power Plants for $ 180 million. The company received a license for a period of 25 years for the operation of 3 hydroelectric power stations of the Vorotan Cascade of Hydroelectric Power Plants, with a total capacity of 404.2 MW, including the Spandaryan (76 MW), Shamb (171 MW) and Tatev (157.2 MW) HPPs.