Georgia No Longer Going to Buy Russian Gas This Year
Baku/12.04.17/ Turan: Georgia will refuse to purchase natural gas from the Russian concern Gazprom, the Business Georgia portal reports with reference to the statement of the country's Energy Minister Kakha Kaladze.
According to him, by the end of the year no deal will be concluded to acquire Russian gas.
“In April, Georgia will completely switch to supplying the population and enterprises with gas from Azerbaijan. The suppliers of blue fuel to Georgia are the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (SOCAR) and the Consortium, which is developing the Shah Deniz gas condensate field.
According to the Ministry of Energy, in 2017 Georgia plans to import from Azerbaijan 2,347 mcm of natural gas. “Thus, the share of Russian gas in the total volume of imports will not be more than 4 percent,” the report said.
It should be noted that, as Deputy Energy Minister Mariam Valishvili said earlier, in January-February Georgia imported 100 mcm of commercial gas from Russia. Seventy mcm of this was imported in February. Georgia bought gas from Gazprom at a price of $ 185 per 1,000 cubic meters. -0-