Modernization of construction equipment

Modernization of construction equipment

Arali is a relatively new company (established in 2020) that lets and sells mobile and stationary equipment to construction companies in Georgia. The company originally provided its services with used equipment. With an investment financed through the EU4Business-EBRD Credit Line, old equipment was replaced and overall service capacity was expanded with the purchase of four TGS units, 4 vibrating screens, a 5.5 Kw sand washing wheel and two rotary crushers.

The new equipment is more efficient in its energy consumption but also easier and safer to operate and the lower noise levels and lower vibration levels protect the health of machine operators. The lower maintenance requirements of the new equipment have a positive impact on operating cost. Last but not least, as a result of the investment, the company created six new jobs.

Loan amount:

€ 536,862

Grant amount:

€ 80,529

Investment:

Mobile and stationary construction equipment

Energy savings

476 MWh/year

GHG emissions avoided

107 t CO2/year

 

Refitting the turbines of a Hydropower station in Georgia

Refitting the turbines of a Hydropower station in Georgia

The hydropower station, owned by the company KCIA-94, was built in 1935 on the river Dashbashi, in the Tsalka district of Georgia. In 2012 the Dashbashi station was connected to the Tsalka substation through a new transmission line. The HPP had an installed capacity of 1.52 MW with power being generated by three hydraulic units (horizontal shaft Francis turbines and generators).

The old turbines did not fully utilize the hydrological resource of the Dashbashi river (3,500 l/sec) and the company started an investment project to replace one of the outdated turbines and generators, while increasing the station capacity to 3MW. One 550 kW hydraulic unit was replaced against a modern 2,125 kW unit.

the increase in the station’s capacity, financed through a EU4Business-EBRD Credit Line loan, increased the green and clean power generation of the old station without the need to change the diverted flow and without any change to the existing building infrastructure. Furthermore, the new turbines generate less noise and vibration levels.

Loan amount:

€ 505,985

Grant amount:

€ 75,898

Investment:

1.125 MW Horizontal shaft Francis Turbine

Additional green energy generation

1.125 MWh/year

 

Gurjaani Ice Cream Factory

Gurjaani Ice Cream Factory

Gurjaani Ice Cream factory first opened its doors back in 1947 and it was one of the very few ice cream producing factories in the eastern part of Georgia. Throughout its long history, the ice cream factory underwent many changes. However, quality production of its delicious ice cream never left the company’s focus.

In addition to several renovations and production line upgrades implemented in 2017, the company decided to enhance its competitiveness further through a major reconstruction of the factory building as well as investment in a brand new and modern ice cream production line. The project was financed through a EU4Business-EBRD Credit Line loan, which also entitled the company to free-of-charge technical support provided by a team of international experts.

The project benefits include improvements in product quality and capacity expansion, in addition to a whole range of EU standards that are now being met by the company. Importantly, the project resulted in a significant reduction in energy consumption with an energy savings ratio calculated as almost 60% for the new production machinery.

After successful project verification, the company received 15% of the loan amount as a grant cashback funded under the EU4Business initiative of the European Union.

Furthermore, as a result of the project implementation the company now meets a wide variety of European standards:

    • Regulation (EC) No 852/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 29 April 2004 on the hygiene of foodstuffs
    • Regulation (EC) No 1005/2009 on substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (Text with EEA Relevance),
    • Directive 2012/27/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 October 2012 on energy efficiency
    • EN 1672-2 (2009) food processing machinery – Basic concepts – part 2: hygiene
Loan Amount€ 800,000
Grant Amount€ 115,880
Invested in:Construction of a new production building and purchase of a new Ice cream production line
EU Directives met:Regulations on food safety and environmental sustainability
Primary Energy Savings518 MWh/year
GHG Savings46 tCO2/year
Energy Savings Ratio59.5 %

Ambassadori Kachretshi

Ambassadori Kachretshi

Ambassadori Hotel Kachretshi is an ideal place for that vacation everyone craves to escape from their busy lives. The hotel is located in the historical region of Georgia – Kakheti and is the nearest resort to the east of the capital. 

The history of Ambassadori Kachretshi began with wine production. The territory of the resort, with its beautiful vineyards, was previously home to the wine factory of the Keburia family. The family produced several kinds of high-quality red and white wines, designated exclusively for export. Winemakers and businessmen from different countries often visited the factory and, after wine degustation, stayed for a night or two in the ten-room guesthouse of the wine factory. Over time, the number of visitors grew, and it became evident that the number of guest rooms had to increase to accommodate the additional overnight visitors.

LTD Ambassadori applied for an EU4Business-EBRD Credit Line loan to finance the construction of a new building as well as equipment and furniture required in a high-standard resort. The new building is energy efficient, reaching an energy savings ration of almost 55% compared to the baseline, it meets the EU fire standards, health and safety standards and service quality standards. In addition, the equipment installed was selected to minimize any harmful impact on the environment. 

During the application process the company received free-of-charge technical support from a team of international consultants and after the successful project verification, the company received 15% of the loan amount as a grant cashback funded under the EU4Business initiative of the European Union. 

Furthermore, as a result of the project implementation the company now meets a wide variety of European standards:

    •  Directive 2010/31/EU on energy efficiency of the buildings
    • Directive 2009/125/EC on Ecodesign
    • Directive 2014/35/EU on the harmonisation of the laws of the Member States relating to the making available on the market of electrical equipment designed for use within certain voltage limits
    • Regulation (EC) No 1005/2009 of the on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (Text with EEA Relevance)
Loan Amount€ 2,995,930
Grant Amount€ 449,389
Invested in:Equipment, furniture and the construction of the new hotel building
EU Directives met:Regulations related to energy efficiency in buildings, Eco Design and environmental protection
Primary Energy Savings2,056 MWh/year
GHG Savings377 tCO2/year
Energy Savings Ratio54.4 %

High quality sweets made in Georgia

High quality sweets made in Georgia

LTD Brauni was founded in April 2017 in Tbilisi, Georgia. The company produces high-quality confectionery products, using modern equipment and technologies. One of its main goals is to replace imported products with local production. Apart from being a leading supplier of locally made confectionary products, which compete effectively again foreign imports, the company also aims to expand its sales to neighboring countries.

To sustain these growth plans, the company invested in the construction of a new confectionery production facility and the purchase and installation of state-of-the-art production lines. Important considerations in the selection of equipment were the quality of the final product and meeting the highest hygiene levels in the production process.

Together with the EU4Business-EBRD Credit Line loan, which was used to finance the investment, the company received free-of-charge technical support from a team of international experts to optimize its investment plans.

Last but not the least, after the successful project verification, the company
received 15% of the loan amount as a grant cashback, funded under
the EU4Business initiative of the European Union.

As a result of this investment, the company reaches high quality standards, whilst
protecting the health
and safety of its employees. In addition, the investment ensured that the company meets the wide range of EU standards
from machine safety to waste management and environmental protection, including:

    • Regulation (EC) No 852/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 29 April 2004 on the hygiene of foodstuffs
    • Directive 2012/27/EU on energy efficiency, amending Directives 2009/125/EC and 2010/30/EU and repealing Directives 2004/8/EC and 2006/32/EC Text with EEA relevance
    • Regulation (EC) No 1005/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 September 2009 on substances that deplete the ozone layer
    • EN 1672-2 (2009) food processing machinery – Basic concepts – part 2: hygiene requirements
Loan Amount€ 1,756,361
Grant Amount€ 263,454
Invested in:Construction of a
production building
and purchase and
installation of new
production lines
EU Directives
met:
Regulations related
to occupational
health and safety,
product quality and
safety, environmental
protection
Primary Energy Savings180 MWh/year
GHG Savings6 tCO2/year
Energy Savings Ratio42.1 %

Putting Georgia on the Coffee Map

Putting Georgia on the Coffee Map

MEAMA, the first ever Georgian coffee brand was established in 2016 with the goal of offering high quality locally roasted coffee, packed in capsules or as coffee beans in tins. In addition, the company offers a range of attractive accessories such as coffee makers, cups, etc. Apart from supplying the Georgian market, the company exports its products to Azerbaijan, Armenia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan.

In order to achieve the aspiration of becoming the best-in-class coffee producer, the company invested in a state-of-the art production building, in high-tech production machinery for coffee and capsule processing, in water and waste management systems as well as in Health and Safety. The new production plant covers the entire process from green coffee beans to the capsule. The enterprise possesses ISO 9001 and ISO 22000 certificates.

Environmental aspects played a leading role in the design of the building that is housing manufacturing facilities, offices and a large coffee tasting showroom. The interior of the building is flooded with natural light, created by several planted lightwells and numerous skylights located in the building. The most defining feature of the Meama Coffee Factory is its 3,680 m2 green roof. Fully covered by wild grasses and accessible to the factory staff, the green roof blends well into the surrounding landscape, acting as an additional thermal barrier to the roof insulation. The striking production and office building was selected as the best office in the world by the ‘Architizer Awards 2020’. Also, in 2019 Meama was revealed as a grand prize winner of the ‘Archdaily & Strelka Awards’ in the Best Industrial Building category.

Part of the investment was financed through a EU4Business-EBRD Credit Line loan and a 15% grant, funded under the EU4Business initiative of the European Union. With the investment, the company now meets a wide variety of European standards, including:

    • Commission Regulation (EC) No 2023/2006 of 22 December 2006 on good manufacturing practice for materials and articles intended to come into contact with food
    • Regulation (EC) No 1935/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 October 2004 on materials and articles intended to come into contact with food and repealing Directives 80/590/EEC and 89/109/EEC and further
      modifications
    • Regulation (EC) No 852/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 29 April 2004 on the hygiene of foodstuffs

Loan Amount

€ 2,991,341

Grant amount

€ 448,701

Invested in

State-of-the-art production building, coffee processing and packaging machinery, water and waste management systems

EU Directives met

Regulation on food safety and environmental sustainability

Primary Energy Savings

34 MWh/year

GHG Savings

3t CO2/year

LTD Caucas Metal

LTD Caucas Metal

LTD Caucas Metal was founded in 2009 in Tbilisi, Georgia. The company covers a wide range of activities in the metal sector, including metal import for sale and distribution to Georgian construction companies. The product range includes sheet metals, fencing, metal beams, pipes and wires but also metal made auxiliary equipment used by construction companies.

In order to expand its capacity and meet the growing demand for construction materials in Georgia, the company decided to invest in the construction of a new processing building as well as in the purchase and installation of innovative and more environmentally friendly metal processing equipment.

The modernized production facilities have improved the working conditions and safety of employees and also made the production processes more energy efficient. In addition, the new facility is less energy intensive and has reduced the carbon footprint of the company by more than 80tCO2 per year.

The investment was financed with a EU4Business-EBRD Credit line loan and the company received free-of-charge technical support from the team of international experts or the optimization of the investment. After the successful project verification LTD Caucas Metal received 15% of the loan amount as a grant cashback, funded under the EU4Business initiative of the European Union.

With the investment, the company now meets wide variety of European standards, including:

    • Directive 2014/35/ relating to the making available on the market of electrical equipment designed for use within certain voltage limits
    • Directive 2006/42/EC on machinery, and amending Directive 95/16/EC (recast)
    • Directive 2014/30/EU relating to electromagnetic compatibility (recast).
    • Directive 2012/27/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 October 2012 on energy efficiency

Loan Amount

€ 494,902

Grant amount

€ 74,235

Invested in

Construction of the new production building and purchase and installation of modern equipment

EU Directives met

Regulation related to Health and Safety of the workers and environmental protection

Primary Energy Savings

918.93 MWh/year

GHG Savings

81.07t CO2/year

High Quality Roads

High Quality Roads

LTD Autogzatechnika was established in September 2017 as a provider of road construction and road rehabilitation services. Improving the quality of roads in Georgia is an important element supporting the expansion of trade between Georgia and European countries. As more Georgian producers of a wide variety of goods are investing in the alignment with EU Directives and expanding their deliveries to European markets, they increasingly depend on smooth transportation routes. Road transport is a frequent choice. Autogaztechnika supports the Georgian producers and transport companies by constructing and rehabilitating roads.

The company invested in a range of road building equipment, with the help of a EU4Business-EBRD Credit Line loan. The investment included a track loader, a self-leveling planer, an articulate tandem roller as well as transportation vehicles.

The new equipment is faster and ensures a higher quality road finish, while consuming less fuel than the old equipment previously used in the road building processes. The new vehicles offer comfortable and safe working conditions for the operators.

After successfully completing the  project verification process the company received 15% of the loan amount as a cash-back grant, funded under the EU4Business initiative of the European Union.

With the investment, the company now meets a wide variety of European standards, including:

    • Regulation (EC) N. 661/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning type- approval requirements for the general safety of motor vehicles, their trailers and systems, components and separate technical units intended therefore
    • Directive 2006/42/EC on machinery, and amending Directive 95/16/EC

Loan Amount

€ 1,011,753

Grant amount

€ 151,763

Invested in

Road building equipment

EU Directives met

EU standards for general safety of motor vehicles and machinery

Primary Energy Savings

564 MWh/year

GHG Savings

151t CO2/year

Hotel Tbilisi

Hotel Tbilisi

IBIS Hotel Tbilisi is located in the very heart of Tbilisi and was stylishly designed and built to satisfy the standards of those who look for the best. The comprehensive project included construction works and the installation of building technologies that meet the EU standards for energy efficiency in buildings. In addition investments were made into hotel equipment for guest rooms and kitchens, aligning these important hospitality areas with EU standards for health and safety as well as food safety. The project as a whole surpasses the part of the investment financed through the EU4Business-EBRD Credit Line. The investments financed through other means include furniture and decorations, which position the IBIS hotel amongst the top destinations in Tbilisi.

In the specification of building measures and technical equipment installed, the hotel’s management received free-of-charge technical advice from the team of international experts, who support the implementation of the EU4Business-EBRD Credit Line.

After successfully completing the project verification process the company received 15% of the loan amount as a cash-back grant, which is funded under the EU4Business initiative of the European Union.

With the investment, the company now meets a wide variety of European standards, including:

    • Directive 2014/35/EU relating to electrical equipment designed for use within certain voltage limits
    • EEIG-EU standards for Hotels
    • BS 7176 and BS 7177 standards
    • Directive on 2012/27/EU of the European Parliament and of the council on energy efficiency, amending Directives 2005/125/EC and 2010/30/EU and repealing Directives 2008/8/EC and 2006/32/EC
    • 2010/31/EU on the energy performance of buildings
    • Directive 2006/12/EC on waste
    • Directive 91/689/EEC on hazardous waste
    • Regulation (EC) No 1005/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 September 2009 on substances that deplete the ozone layer
    • REGULATION (EC) No 178/2002 on laying down the general principles and requirements of food law, establishing the European Food Safety Authority and laying down procedures in matters of food
    • Directive 2012/27/EU on energy efficiency, amending Directives 2005/125/EC and 2010/30/EU and repealing Directives 2008/8/EC and 2006/32/EC;

Loan Amount

€ 3 million

Grant amount

€ 450,000

EU Directives met

EU standards for hotels, energy efficiency directive, hazardous waste, electrical equipment, food, etc

Invested in

Hotel building and technical equipment

Frozen Pastry Production

Frozen Pastry Production

Food Alliance LLC produces frozen bakery products and is located in Natakhatari village, Georgia. Currently the company offers a wide variety frozen pastry goods, which are sold throughout Georgia.

Frozen pastry-bakery products have an enormous market potential as they solve several very important problems for HoReCa and supermarket chains. To offer freshly baked pastries, these retailers have to produce these bakery goods on site. While onsite production has several advantages, it is also very expensive if done from scratch. A Frozen product makes it possible to have a wide variety in the assortment with much longer shelf life.

Food Alliance LLC understood and responded to this demand with the main goal producing and providing high-quality frozen pastry-bakery products for customers, using modern CE certified equipment and technologies in the production processes.

The investment was financed with a EU4Business-EBRD Credit Line loan. In addition to he loan the company received free-of-charge technical advice on the optimization of the investment from the team of international experts.

After the successful project verification LLC Food Alliance received 15% of the loan amount as a grant cashback, funded under the EU4Business initiative of the European Union.

With the investment, the company now meets a wide variety of European standards, including:

    • Directive 2014/35/EU on the harmonisation of the laws of the Member States relating to the making available on the market of electrical equipment designed for use within certain voltage limits Text with EEA relevance
    • Directive 2006/42/EC on machinery, and amending Directive 95/16/EC (recast) (Text with EEA relevance)Directive 2006/12/EC on waste and directive 91/689/EEC on hazardous waste
    • Directive 2014/68/EU on the harmonisation of the laws of the Member States relating to the making available on the market of pressure equipment Text with EEA relevance
    • Regulation (EU) 2016/425 on personal protective equipment and repealing Council Directive 89/686/EEC (Text with EEA relevance)
    • Regulation (EC) No 178/2002 laying down the general principles and requirements of food law, establishing the European Food Safety Authority and laying down procedures in matters of food safety
    • ISO 22000:2005 certification

Loan Amount

€ 306,429

Grant amount

€ 45,964

EU Directives met

Regulations on food safety

Invested in

Production building and processing machinery

Energy Savings and GHG reduction

330.57 MWh/year