Minister of Energy and Natural Resources and Director General of Georgian Oil and Gas Corporation Observed Construction Works on The Kutaisi-Senaki Section of the Main Gas Pipeline

18 January, 2013
Today Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Kakhi Kaladze, Director General of Georgian Oil and Gas Corporation (GOGC) David Tvalabeishvili and representatives of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) observed rehabilitation and construction works on the East-West main gas pipeline.

According to the Minister, the project has great significance in terms of future increase in the gasification of population, as well as for the development of business sector.

Director General of Georgian Oil and Gas Corporation stressed the need for the full scale rehabilitation of the gas pipeline which was built 30-40 years ago. ‘We assume that by 2016-17 we will have a completely new system that will ensure safe and secure supply of natural gas to business sector, as well as the population of east and west Georgia’, Tvalabeishvili said.

Within the frames of the USAID funded project, phase II and III, construction works on the 29 km Abasha-Senaki and 47km Kutaisi-Abasha sections of the main gas pipeline are underway.

The diameter of the pipeline is 700mm and design pressure 5, 4mpe. Construction works for the Abasha-Senaki section are being carried out by ‘Neftgastikint’, the Azerbaijani oil and gas construction trust which was selected through an international tender. Construction works started in June last year and is expected to be completed in summer this year.

A joint enterprise of Sakmilmsheni and ‘PVI ZIT Naftogazbudizolyatsia’, also selected through an international tender is constructing the Kutaisi-Abasha section of the main gas pipeline. The works started in late October last year and will presumably end in autumn this year.
The East-West main gas pipeline rehabilitation project is aimed at full restoration of selected sections of the pipeline. The pipeline rehabilitation will secure safe and reliable supply of natural gas and enable transportation of increased volumes in case the demand for natural gas rises in the country. After completion of the project, the existing Kutaisi-Poti section, built during the Soviet times will be replaced by a completely new pipeline which was designed and built in accordance with modern requirements.