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Toy for Georgia: made in Baku2010-09-16 11:08
Not only Europe is concerned over diversification of gas supplies. Georgia offers all possible assistance to its desired partner in the united zone in order to fulfill its small "imperialist" dream and become a transit state. Yesterday at the energy summit Azerbaijan, Georgia and Romania signed Baku declaration on creation of a joint venture as part of the liquefied gas supplies project. Azerbaijan-Georgia-Romania Interconnection (AGRI) is a humble name given to the project. The question is who will really need this and who will pay for construction of transportation and storage facilities.
As repeated by a number of mass media, the meeting between Azerbaijani president Ilkham Aliev, Romanian leader Trayan Besesku, Hungarian PM Victor Orban and Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili was held in a friendly atmosphere. The Georgian leader inspired by the upcoming signature of important documents arrived in Baku with his hair nicely highlighted. It is unknown whether Mishiko had his hair colored for the official visit or his gray marks look so playful by nature. He appeared uncombed, certainly. As a business result the state leaders discussed importance of the future project agreeing that they are on the threshold of a "great growth".
So what's this AGRI about? It suggests transportation of Azerbaijani gas to Georgia's Black Sea coast via existing gas pipelines where the gas will be liquefied and shipped to a terminal in Constanta port (Romania) to be converted into natural gas again and shipped to Romania's internal market and other European states. The overall cost of the project, according to preliminary estimations, is EUR 2-4 billion. So this is what the parties agreed on in April 2010 expressing intention to develop the energy transit corridor connecting Caspian region and Europe.
Moreover, upon signature of the declaration Romanian minister of economy Adrian Videanu stated (in the heat of the moment, it seems) that the project will be brought to life much sooner than Nabucco hoping that Turkmenistan and Ukraine will get interested too. Ukraine's "White Stream" initiative could be discussed on the next scheduled talks. Georgian energy minister is sure that the "pig in a poke" is the first robin for diversification of energy supplies to European consumers. Azerbaijani minister of industry and energy Natik Aliev emphasized that before the end of the year Romania and Hungary will complete bridging their gas transportation systems which will let Azerbaijan transport gas to Austria, Europe's gas distributing center. No more and mo less.