Baku gas distribution system improved
Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan. 25 / Trend, E. Ismayilov /
Following reconstruction and modernization works, gas distribution networks in Baku and Absheron peninsula will become even more sophisticated, a source in SOCAR (State Oil Company of Azerbaijan) told Trend.
According to him, the gas distribution system of the capital will be automated and therefore more timely and flexible in its responses to system operations.
"At present, the gas distribution system is organized in such a way that in case of a problem with continuity of supply, gas can be drawn from elsewhere," the source said.
According to him, gas supply in Baku is currently provided from three directions: from the villages of Hovsan and Zira and the Garadagh district, which receive natural and associated gas from the Shah Deniz and the Azeri-Chirag-Guneshli fields.
"Following the inclusion of Azerigaz in SOCAR [in 2009] improvements were made that prevented supply disruptions in the capital. However, modernization work will improve the system and make it even more modern," the source said.
Azerigaz deals with gas transportation and distribution in Azerbaijan.
Earlier, German E. ON finalized a feasibility study for the project and presented it to SOCAR. Reconstruction and modernization of SOCAR's gas distribution system will be conducted in accordance with the prepared feasibility study.
In total, the project may require an investment of 1.2 billion euros. It is to be fully executed with foreign investment.
The project provides for the minimization of gas losses, and the expansion and reconstruction of the existing gas distribution system while taking into account population growth and sustainable industry development, as well as meeting increased demand for natural gas in the future.
The project provides a reduction in gas loss to a minimum, the expansion of existing gas distribution system, their reconstruction and renewal in accordance with population growth and the sustainable development of industry, as well as a their fulfillment in the face of increased gas demands in the future.