Georgia’s Energy Security to Become Reliable after Restoration of Gas Mains: Georgian Minister
Georgia, Tbilisi / corr Trend N.Kirtzkhalia / Alexander Khetaguri, the Georgian Energy Minister, familiarized himself with the reconstruction and restoration of the 30km-long Gardabani-Navtlugi section of the North-South gas pipeline. Khetaguri told journalists that the restoration work will be complete by 1 December.
The minister said that after the completion of this section there are plans to commence the restoration of the Navtlugi-Saguramo section and an absolutely new gas pipeline will operate in East Georgia.
"After the completion of this project the energy security of the country will become more reliable and we will have three gas pipelines. At present gas deliveries are diversified both from a technical and commercial point of view," Khetaguri stressed.
Under the project, along with the restoration of the old gas pipeline, a new gas pipeline is to be built in the same trench, to achieve two gas pipelines in the end.
Some 83mln lari will be spent on the project.
The restoration of the Gardabani-Navtluga section commenced three months ago in three sections. Work in two sections is 99% complete. At the order of the Georgian Oil and Gas Corporation the restoration of the gas main is being carried out by Neftgasstroy trust of the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (SOCAR).