Georgian Energy Minister: Bulgaria can join AGRI project
Georgia, Tbilisi, Oct.5 / Trend N. Kirtskhalia /
Georgia's territory will be used for transportation of the Azerbaijani gas to Bulgaria, Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov told the Georgian journalists today, after the meeting with Georgian Prime Minister Nika Gilauri.
"It's about two billion cubic meters of gas, on supply of which Azerbaijan and Bulgaria signed an agreement. "These amounts will be supplied to the Georgian port of Poti, where the gas compression will be carried out and in such form it will be sent to Bulgaria by the vessels," Borisov said.
Georgian Energy Minister Alexander Khetaguri told journalists that it is possible in the future Bulgaria will join the project Azerbaijan-Georgia-Romania Interconnector (AGRI) to supply liquefied Azerbaijani gas to Europe.
Three capacity volumes are being considered for the project: 2 billion cubic meters of gas a year, 5 billion cubic meters and 8 billion cubic meters, Minister of Industry and Energy Natig Aliyev said earlier. According to preliminary data, the cost varies from 1.2 billion to 4.5 billion euros depending on capacity.
Azerbaijan, Georgia, Romania and Hungary signed the Baku Declaration on AGRI project in Baku September 14.
The project to supply Azerbaijani liquefied natural gas to Romania envisages the construction of two terminals for liquefied natural gas - one in Georgia and the other in Romania. According to preliminary data, the project will cost 4.6 billion euro.
The project envisages transporting Azerbaijani gas via pipelines to the Black Sea coast of Georgia, where the gas will be liquefied at a special terminal. The gas will then be delivered to a terminal at the Romanian port of Constanta via tankers.