If Georgia is able to obtain additional volume of gas from Azerbaijan in 2018, then it will not need the Russian gas – Energy Minister Kakha Kaladze states commenting on the Turkish Prime Minister who said that TANAP gas pipeline will be launched ahead of schedule and will enter into operation in 2018.
According to him, in this situation the gas from Gazprom may not be necessary, although it is unclear if it is technically possible to complete the project by 2018.
“Initially the completion was scheduled for 2019-2020 years. Now 2018 year is considered. It is difficult to say how it is real to implement such a major project in such a short time. Although I can say that in Georgia its implementation will be carried out without delay,” says the Minister.
He notes this project will bring many benefits to Georgia – primarily the country will receive an additional amount of cheap gas.
“If the pipeline is put into operation in 2018, we will have a contract with Gazprom only for the transportation of gas to Armenia from where we get 10% of the transported gas as a transit fee. If we need Russian gas before 2018, we are going to buy it,” Kakha Kaladze points out.