Azerbaijan to delver gas to Georgia only in extreme cases

Oil&Gas Materials 26 December 2005 15:11 (UTC +04:00)

Baku and Tbilisi agreed upon natural gas deliver to Georgia from Azerbaijan only in case of accidents in the traditional gas transportation routes and emergencies, Nika Gilauri, the Georgian Minister for Energy, told Trend.

Giluari together with the Georgian Foreign Minister Gela Bezhuashvili held late last week talks with the Azerbaijani authorities on the bilateral cooperation in the sphere of energy security.

The Enrgy Minister said that the gas volumes to be delivered in the emergency case will be clarified as a result of forthcoming talks between Georgia and Azerbaijan.

At present Russian gas giant, Gasprom, is a monopolist in natural gas supply to Georgia.

Next year Georgia plans to purchase from Gasprom 2.25 billion cu m of gas amid purchase of 1.30 billion cu m of natural gas in 2005. Over 11 months of 2005 Gasprom delivered 1.23 billion cu m of natural gas to Georgia.

Gasprom has signed a contract on delivery to Georgian company Tbilgasi 920 million cu m of gas at $110 per 1000 cu m in 2006 as it was announced earlier.