The exploitation of the vast small hydro potential in NIS offers enormous socio-economic and environmental benefits. Consequently, small hydro power generation has a long tradition in these countries. Due to neglect in favour of a more centralised energy s upply during the Soviet period, one third of existing small hydro plants are now out of operation. "SHYCA" aims to revive the existing know-how and infrastructure for small-hydro energy generation in NIS. The Caucasus and Carpathian region are ideal starti ng locations, with a high potential for small hydro and severe electricity shortages. The revival of the small hydro sector has already begun and urgently requires external support. SHYCA will perform a complete technical and socio-economic assessment of s mall hydro retrofitting and construction using extensive existing, but dispersed data. The consortium includes strong and competent players in Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Ukraine, who have detailed knowledge on the existing and planned small hydro cap acity of 670MW. The SSA will systemise and update this existing data. Cost effective plans for retrofitting and for constructing new plants will be formulated. In parallel an extensive stakeholder analysis will be performed with emphasis on experienced NIS manufacturers and key EUactors. A Compendium for Small Hydro Power Action including all relevant technical and socio-economic data and including 3 feasibility studies will be compiled and used as a tool for involving EU actors in small hydro actions in th e region, and to support political and economic decision-makers. A broad dissemination and exploitation of project results throughout NIS will be ensured with an effective PR campaign in Russian language. Through this carefully planned action, the Caucasus and Carpathian regions will serve as a platform to re-launch the small hydro sector in the entire NIS.
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Funding SchemeSSA - Specific Support Action