Azerbaijan supplies gas to Georgia upon its consumption
Azerbaijan, Baku, Feb. 5/ Trend E. Ismaylov/
Azerbaijan exports nearly 3.7 million cubic meters of natural gas to Georgia per day, Head of SOCAR Energy Georgia (subsidiary of SOCAR) Mahir Mammadov said on Feb. 5. Export of Azerbaijan's gas to Georgia is realized by SOCAR (the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan).
Supplies increase when the weather is bad. Demand for gas among population increase, he said. Supplies reduce when weather is fine.
"The whole Georgian market is supplied from Azerbaijan, except the gas received during transit of Russian fuel to Armenia. The more need in gas, the more we give, Mammadov said.
Presently, demand for liquefied gas reduced in Georgian market. No liquefied gas was supplied in January. According to forecast, this index will total about 700-800 tones of liquefied gas in February, maximum - 1,000 tones, Mammadov said.
Totally, SOCAR exported approximately 788.93 million cubic meters of gas in April-December 2008.
SOCAR Energy Georgia was charged with management of Georgian gas-distribution network in late December. Upon the agreement, 22 regional gas-distribution companies of Georgia will join SOCAR Energy Georgia. They are situated in Kakheti, Mtzkheta-Mtianeti, Shida and Kvemo Kartli, Adjaria, Imereti, Samagrelo.
SOCAR Energy Georgia also assumes liabilities to supply Georgian people with gas and invest $40 million in branch development.
In 2008 SOCAR generated over 7.6 billion cubic meters of gas as compared to 5.9 billion cubic meters in 2007.
There are 57 oil and gas fields in Azerbaijan, 18 of which offshore, the rest - onshore.
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