SOCAR continues reconstructing gas-distributing network in Georgia

Oil&Gas Materials 30 July 2009 11:12 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, July 30 / Trend , E.Ismayilov/

The SOCAR Georgia Gas (a subsidiary of SOCAR Energy Georgia) is selecting professional organizations to conduct construction-assembly and rehabilitation work in the regions of Georgia as part of modernization and increasing number of subscribers of 31 gas units in Georgia, the Head of SOCAR Georgia Gas Anar Mammadov said. SOCAR Energy Georgia is a subsidiary of the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR).

"At present the design work has finished and construction-assembly and rehabilitation work has been launched in many towns and districts of Georgia. Gas-distributing networks with total length of 21 km have been already built in Adjara, Batumi and Kobuleti for 4,500 potential new customers [in the first phase]," said Mammadov.

Mammadov said LLC "New Energy" and "Energy 2006 conduct the construction work in Adjara and the Azerbaijani Ltd. Neftegazstroy - in Kartli.

Earlier, a tender was held for the design. Only five companies with a great experience were selected amongst 15 participants. They are Gruzgazproekt Ltd., Tsisperi Ali Ltd., Vector Ltd., Oasiscompany Ltd. and Sagaredzhogazservis Ltd., said Mammadov.

Within the year the company plans to increase the number of subscribers of gas distribution networks by 57,000, Mammadov said earlier.

In general, these networks consume 60-70 million cubic meters of fuel per year. The company plans to increase number of subscribers by150,000 in total, Mammadov said earlier.

In January-June, the company delivered 40 million cubic meters of gas to its gas-distributing networks. It is planned to deliver the same amount in the second half of 2009, as well, Mammadov said.

On Dec. 26, SOCAR and the Georgian Government signed an agreement to operate 30 gas supply grids and gas distribution networks in the Kakheti, Mtskheta-Mtianeti, Shida and Kvemo Kartli, Ajaria, Guria, Imereti, Samegrelo regions of Georgia. These networks are operated by 24 companies.

The total investment in the project is $40 million. The amount of invested funds exceeded $3 million. These funds were invested to purchase metal and plastic pipes.  Certain infrastructure work have been done in Ajaria (gas supply to Ajaria began in mid-2008), design work and etc. has been carried out, Mammadov said earlier.

In April, SOCAR Energy Georgia acquired a gas distribution network in the Marneuli region populated by Azerbaijani community.  Marneuli has 31 gas supply grids operated by SOCAR Georgia.

Gas distribution networks in Marneuli were previously owned Wissol, which bought gas from SOCAR and was selling it in Marneuli. Now the whole cycle of works in this direction will be implemented by SOCAR Energy Georgia.

40-million investment program covers purchase, development and management of distribution networks.

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