By End of Week Azerbaijan to Terminate Gas Supply to Georgia
Azerbaijan, Baku /corr. Trend S.Aliyev / Azerbaijan's Azerigaz JSC will end the supply of Azerbaijani gas to Georgia on 12 October, said the Head of the Production Unit Azgaznagl, Zaman Chelebiyev, on 10 October. The continuing of gas supply is a topic for Inter-Governmental talks between Azerbaijan and Georgia.
"We will cease the gas supply. Future supply will depend on the decision that will be made at an Inter-Governmental level," he said.
According to Chelebiyev, since the beginning of October, gas supply to Georgia has been re-established in the volume of 1.3-1.5mln cu.m per day. The gas is supplied to Georgia for $120 per 1000 cu.m ( Georgia purchases Russian gas for $235 per 1000 cu.m). With its own gas, Azerbaijan covers almost half of the gas demand in Georgia.
Chelebiyev said that by the end of this year, reconstruction work will be carried out on the pipeline which transports Azerbaijani gas to Georgia. After completion of the construction work, the carrying capacity of the pipeline will be increase to 3mln cu.m of gas per day (currently the carrying capacity does not exceed 1.5mln cu.m). By the end of the next year, the carrying capacity of the pipeline will be increased up to 8-10 mln cu.m of gas per day.
Georgia is currently receiving nearly 1mln cu.m of Azerbaijani gas per day from the Shah Deniz field.