SOCAR: Azerbaijan suspends gas supplies to Russia due to repair operations
Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan. 18 / Trend E. Ismayilov /
Azerbaijan has today suspended supplying gas to Russian Gazprom for three days in connection with the unscheduled maintenance work on the Mozdok-Kazimagomed gas pipeline, SOCAR told Trend today.
"After these operations are over, gas supply will be resumed in a normal mode," SOCAR said.
The contract, with a possibility of extension for purchase and sale of Azerbaijani gas was signed between SOCAR and Gazprom in Baku on October 14, 2009. According to the supplement to the contract which was signed in early September 2010 in Baku, in 2011, 'Gazprom' was to receive two billion cubic meters and in 2012 over two billion cubic meters of gas. However, the Russians did not get the full amount of the planned volume last year.
The additional agreement to double the volume of gas purchased by Russia from 1.5 to 3 billion cubic meters was signed by the parties in Sochi on January 24, 2012.
As of Jan.8, the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (SOCAR) exported 6.5 million cubic meters of gas per day to Russia compared to seven million cubic meters as of Dec. 17.
Azerbaijani gas supplies to Russia have begun since January 1, 2010.