Azerbaijan plays an important role in ensuring Georgia’s energy security, First Deputy Prime Minister of Georgia, Energy Minister Kakha Kaladze said.
The Deputy Prime Minister named Azerbaijan a strategic partner, APA reported.
“We today depend on Azerbaijani gas. Currently, Georgia purchases gas from only Azerbaijan. This is important for us. As our strategic partner, Azerbaijan makes large amount of investment in Georgia. Our joint projects will soon be completed and we’ll purchase additional gas from Azerbaijan”, he said.
Earlier, Kaladze said that this year, Georgia will receive 2.457 billion cubic meters of gas, of which deliveries from Azerbaijan will amount to 2.347 billion cubic meters of gas (95.5 percent).
Georgia stopped importing gas from Russia in 2007. Since then, Azerbaijan has become the key supplier of gas to Georgia, thus decreasing Georgia’s dependence on Russian gas.
Azerbaijan supplies Georgia with natural gas from the Shah Deniz field via the Hajigabul-Gardabani pipeline. The second way carrying gas to Georgian consumers is the Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum (South Caucasus) Pipeline, through which the gas from the first stage of the Shah Deniz field is supplied to Georgia and a large proportion goes through its territory to Turkey.
Azerbaijan and Georgia, the two neighboring countries with long-standing and successful relations established diplomatic relations in 1992. The countries are actively cooperating in trade, transport and energy spheres.