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Energy Minister not Rules out Georgia might not Need Russian Gas

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.