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No Serious Problems with Gas Supply to Georgia – SOCAR

Georgia has never had serious problems with gas supply from Azerbaijan, Mahir Mammadov, head of SOCAR Energy Georgia, a subsidiary of Azerbaijan’s state oil company SOCAR, told Trend agency.

He said various processes that have no impact on the total volume of gas supplies occasionally take place.

“The matter rests in that the gas Georgia receives from Russia for transit is also taken into account when considering importer countries of Georgia,” Mammadov said. “This gas accounts for 10 to 15 percent of the total volume of gas importer countries and a certain correction takes place in case of technical failures or some working processes on Russian or Azerbaijani side.”

“The sides have been working in such a manner for already seven years, and no problems have been observed with deliveries so far,” he added.

He went on to add that Georgia receives gas via three gas pipelines.

“The first one is SOCAR’s Hajigabul-Gardabani gas pipeline, the capacity of gas pumping through which reaches 6.5 million cubic meters per day,” Mammadov said. “The second one is the South Caucasus Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum gas pipeline, via which Georgia gets gas from the Shah Deniz field in the volume of up to three million cubic meters per day.”

“There is also a pipeline from Russia,” he said. “Gas is transported in normal mode via all the pipelines in compliance with balance and needs of Georgia.”

He went on to add that Azerbaijan is constantly in touch with the Georgian side, holds planned meetings and discusses directions of cooperation.

SOCAR exported 1.25 billion cubic meters of gas to Georgia in January-November 2015.

SOCAR delivers its own gas to Georgia via a pipeline that runs through Azerbaijan’s Gazakh district. The gas pumping capacity via this pipeline nears three billion cubic meters per year.

Azerbaijan is the main gas supplier to Georgia with a share of 77.9 percent of the total volume of gas imports of the country.