Georgia’s State Energy Policy in the Natural Gas Sector
According to the Parliament’s Resolution adopted in June 2006, the following are the priorities
of the Georgian state policy in the gas and energy sector: (a) rehabilitation of gas units, (b)
release of such units from debts and their privatization, (c) diversification of gas supply, and (d)
formation of a transparent and liberal energy market.
By February 2008, Georgia’s entire natural gas sector, with the exception of the main pipeline
system and gas generation units of Gardabani (except for those which belong to Inter-Rao), had
been privatized. Currently, Georgia receives natural gas from three suppliers. A long-term
contract is concluded with only one of them – the south Caucasian pipeline consortium.
Apparently the Georgian government has only a verbal agreement on gas delivery with the
Russian and Azerbaijani suppliers. Negotiations with the two suppliers are being conducted
secretly, making it difficult for the public to determine the terms of those negotiations.