By Mirsaid IBrahimzade
Presently, Azerbaijan state oil company SOCAR is the major supplier of natural gas, oil and oil products to Georgia. SOCAR’s subsidiaries are engaged in expansion and modernization of the country’s gas distribution systems, and development of filling stations under SOCAR’s brand.
The company has an oil terminal in Georgia’s Kulevi Black Sea Port, which supplies Azerbaijani oil and oil products to the world markets.
SOCAR, which began transshipment of cargo through the oil terminal in Kulevi Port on May 16, 2008, has already shipped 21 million tons of oil products as of July 18, 2019, SOCAR said in a message.
The company also stated that approximately four million tons of crude oil has been shipped via this oil terminal and further expansion of the terminal capacity will depend on the volume of transported products.
SOCAR is implementing its operations in Georgia through SOCAR Georgia Petroleum, SOCAR Gas Export-Import, SOCAR Georgia Gas, SOCAR Georgia Gas Distribution, Black Sea Terminal and other subsidiaries.
Crude oil, fuel oil, diesel fuel, gas oil, methanol, jet fuel, propylene, liquid pyrolysis resin, naphtha, isopropyl alcohol, ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel, industrial oil, and condensate are shipped through the terminal in Kulevi Port.
SOCAR started its business activity in Georgia in 2006. In the same year, the company purchased the Kulevi oil terminal, which was put into operation in 2008, aimed at transportation of oil and oil products from Azerbaijan and Central Asia to western markets. Before the operation, the investment costs amounted to $233 million. Additional $96 million was invested in the terminal between 2008 and 2017.
Overall, SOCAR and its subsidiaries invested more than $1 billion in Georgia's economy, and paid $1.25 billion in tax to the Georgian state budget in 2007-2017.
Georgia imported more than 39,397 tons of oil and oil products worth $21.34 million from Azerbaijan in January-March 2019. As for gas supplies, Georgia imported 718,171 cubic meters of natural gas worth $123.4 million from Azerbaijan during the reporting period.
Mirsaid Ibrahimzade is AzerNews’ staff journalist, follow him on Twitter: @MirsaidIbrahim1
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