Azerbaijan and Georgia may sign the agreement on the gas export to the country shortly, the Azerigaz Joint Stock Company (JSC) chairman, Alihan Melikov said on 27 December 2005, Trend reports.
According to him, the Georgian side representatives headed by the countryвЂ™s Premier Minister held negotiations at the Ministry of Industry and Energy of Azerbaijan on the issue last week.
В"The head of the state instructed us to create conditions for gas deliveries from Azerbaijan to Georgia and in back direction under the emergency situations. The contract for gas deliveries to Georgia is currently being studied and its signing is expected shortlyвЂќ, he said.
Melikov noted, Georgia proposed to Azerbaijan to be the transit country within the project on the Iranian gas import. В"It is possible, however, we do not want that gas supplies to Georgia were connected with the gas supply to the Nakhchevan Autonomous Republic, which also receives gas from Iran. We may assist Georgia in transportation of gas. The issue was not discussed in detailвЂќ, Melikov said.
He also noted, some technical difficulties exist in the gas transporting to Georgia. В"We presented Georgia our possibilities. In the western direction we have the only pipeline and through it we supply gas to the Mingechavir electrical power station. We are able to deliver up to 2 million cubic meters gas daily to Georgia under the pressure of 12 atmospheresвЂќ, he said.