Government discusses plans for Caspian Sea gas pipeline through Georgia to Europe – Civil Georgia

Georgia’s Deputy Prime Minister and Economy Minister Levan Davitashvili announced at a briefing on November 21 that the government was working on a project to supply gas from the Caspian Sea to Europe through Georgia.

According to Minister Davitashvili, the project – in which Azerbaijan, Romania and Hungary are also participating – started in 2015 and envisages a plan in which “the gas will be converted to a liquid state on the territory of Georgia and then gasified in Romania.”

“Unfortunately, this project was stopped and had no further development,” he said, stressing that “due to the current processes in which Europe is particularly interested in alternative sources of gas supply, when everyone is talking about diversification of energy supply, this project has in this year gained particular relevance.”

The minister also stated that the government, together with its partners, has started “working on important energy and energy transit projects”. In this regard, he recalled the visit of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev to Georgia and noted that the project was one of the main topics of discussion during this trip.

The economy minister also stated that regarding the project “another working meeting is taking place in our ministry”, adding that “Oil and Gas Corporation from the Georgian side, SOCAR from the Azerbaijani side, as well as our partners in the project in Romania and Hungary are involved .”

Minister Davitashvili also noted that an assessment of the project and existing infrastructure on Georgian and Azerbaijani territory is in progress. He stressed that the budget will be made according to the conditions of the existing infrastructure and the details of the project.

“It’s not going to happen in a day, and it’s not going to happen in a year,” he said, adding, “First of all, we need a full picture […] then [to] create a detailed plan of action […] and start gradually implementing this plan, including attracting investments in this direction.”

Significantly, during his recent visit to Georgia, EU Commissioner for Neighborhood and Enlargement Olivér Várhelyi discussed possible infrastructure projects at a joint press conference with Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili on 15 November. The commissioner noted at the time that he had received information about Georgia’s plans to build a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal, which he said would create additional capacity to deliver gas to Europe.

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