Georgia, Tbilisi / Trend corr N. Kirtskhalia / Gas pipeline projects that are only in their conceptual stage cannot rival with the Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum pipeline, Georgian Energy Minister, Nika Gilauri, reported on 27 June after a government meeting.
"There are lots of projects in the theoretical stage, however, they can only be perceived as ideas, while the Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum is already a reality, which provides Georgia with its much-needed gas," Gilauri stressed. The Minister was commenting on the proposed Russia Blue Stream pipeline providing for transportation of Russian gas to Europe via the foot of the Black Sea. Greece has already joined the project.
"So far we have only heard about the idea. Neither the volumes of gas, nor the routes were clarified. So, it is impossible to speak of the project's competitiveness," the Minister assured.
Gilauri stressed that he considered the idea of implementing a trans-Caspian gas pipeline to be more real. "Earlier, Georgia was initiating gas transportation from Asia via the Caucasus, but at the most recent BSEC summit, Turkey spoke in this connection. Talks with Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan are in progress and we hope that in the future a trans-Caspian pipeline will be supported," Gilauri said.