Georgia, Tbilisi, March 11 / Trend N. Kirtzkhalia /
Georgian Energy Minister Kakha Kaladze and SOCAR president Rovnag Abdullayev opened a new gas pipeline in the village of Fakhrali, in the Bolnisi region (Kvemo Kartli, eastern Georgia).
State Minister for Reintegration Paata Zakareishvili, Agriculture Minister David Kirvalidze, Azerbaijani ambassador to Georgia Azer Huseyn, SOCAR Energy Georgia director general Mahir Mammadov and MPs attended the event.
A 53 kilometre section of the gas pipeline was built in the direction of Kharagauli (Imereti region, Western Georgia) at the first stage. As a result, some 1229 families in the Azerbaijani village of Fakhrali will receive natural gas from Azerbaijan.
Kaladze said that today that a total of 16,151 subscribers in the Azeri-populated Kvemo Kartli region have been provided with gas. It is planned that this number will increase by 1950 subscribers during 2013.
Today, members of the Georgian government and SOCAR president laid the foundation of a refrigeration facility in Marneuli and opened a bridge, a central road and a square in Bolnisi.