Azerbaijan, Baku / Trend corr S. Aliyev / All organizations producing and utilizing gas in Azerbaijan will be controlled by the Gas Control Department of the Azerbaijani Industry and Energy Ministry, the head of the department, Asif Zeynalov, said on 21 June.
Moreover, both local companies including the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR) and foreign companies will be under the control of the department.
The department is developing a program of work in compliance with its statute. The development will be completed within several days, Zeynalov noted.
The Gas Control Department was operating earlier at Azerigaz CJSC. At the decision of the Azerbaijani President, Ilham Aliyev, the department was transferred to the Ministry of Industry and Energy. The department will control efficient utilization and fool-proof exploitation of gas during the development of gas fields, production of energy output, gas provision (of production, processing, storage, transportation, division, liquation and utilization), projecting and reconstruction of industrial and consumer plants, equipment, pipelines and other facilities.