Georgia to Reduce Natural Gas Imports from Azerbaijan by 2.5% in 2020
Georgia, satisfying its needs for natural gas mainly due to its import, expects to get 2 385.2 mcm of gas from Azerbaijan in 2020, which is 2.5% less than in 2019.
According to the balance of natural gas approved by the Ministry of Economic Development for 2020, Azerbaijan remains the main supplier of blue fuel to Georgia.
At the same time, within the framework of the Shah Deniz project, 873.8 mcm will be delivered to Georgia in 2020 (growth by 3.6%) and by SOCAR – 1 511.4 mcm (decrease of 6.9%).
Next year, Georgia also plans to import natural gas from Russia in the amount of 169.9 mcm, which is 18% higher than the current year.
In general, Georgia plans to import 2 573 mcm of gas in 2020, which is 1.7% less than in 2019.
The country’s own natural gas production in 2020 is projected at 17.9 mcm (2.3 times growth).
Georgia’s annual consumption of natural gas is 2 538 mcmeters. In particular, the so-called “social gas” is 1 626.4 mcm, of which 1 026.4 mcm is planned to be allocated for gas supply to the population, and 600 mcm – for the generation of electricity at thermal power plants. Enterprises and organizations are to be supplied 911.6 mcm.
Losses during gas transportation in 2020 are estimated at 35 mcm (6.9% less than in the past year). In 2019, gas consumption in the amount of 2 618 mcm is planned in Georgia (+ 2.5%). In particular, deliveries from Russia were resumed, from where the republic plans to receive 144.1 mcm of gas, or 5.5% of total imports. At the same time, gas supplies from Azerbaijan were reduced by 3% (up to 2 466.2 mcm). The country’s own production was forecasted at 7.7 mcm.