Georgia is ready to resume purchases of Russian gas

Energy Minister Kakha Kaladze said "Imedi" TV that the country may resume imports of natural gas from Russia. "We should not only depend on a single source, that is, from Azerbaijan", — he explained.

Part of Georgian experts support the idea of diversification of supplies. According to them, whatever the attractive and relatively cheap imports from Azerbaijan, Georgia, the gas market should be at least three suppliers.

Recall that in 2007. Georgia has almost completely abandoned the supply of Russian gas — she gets it in a volume of 150 million cubic meters. m for the transit through its territory to Armenia in real need of about 1 billion 800 million cubic meters. m As a result, Georgia is totally dependent on supplies from Azerbaijan, which imports gas to Georgia at different prices. In particular, Georgia pays $ 55 per 1 thousand cubic meters. m transit to Turkey (it is 5% of the total volume of transit). In addition, the country has the right to additional purchases of the transit of gas at $ 64 per 1 thousand cubic meters. m, but the amount is limited (500 million cubic meters. meters).

The remaining volume of gas Georgia receives from the same Azerbaijan, but at a much higher price. In particular, the so-called social needs of the population for gas costs her $ 189 per 1 thousand cubic meters. m, and commercial — to $ 240 per 1 thousand cubic meters. m

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