Georgia refuses from purchasing natural gas from Gazprom, a Russian gas giant, until the end of this year, while the country intends to purchase the necessary volume from Azerbaijan, Georgian Minister of Energy, Kakha Kaladze, told reporters on Wednesday.
“The agreement, which was arranged with Gazprom gives us an opportunity not to depend on Russian gas... We have an option to purchase gas from Azerbaijan or Iran. Today we decided to be fully supplied with Azerbaijan’s natural gas,” – Kakha Kaladze said and added that purchases of Russian gas would not be made until the end of the year.
The Minister explained that after a two-year agreement with Gazprom expired, Georgia would have a more solid position, since a storage facility would be built in the country, providing an opportunity to be less dependent on Russian gas.
At present, Azerbaijani gas is the main source of gas supply in Georgia. The bulk of procurement accounts for a winter period of time, when the heating season starts.