Turkey, Georgia extend electricity deal

"The protocol in question is protracted for another two years," Yildiz said.

Turkey, Georgia extend electricity deal

Turkish Energy & Natural Resources Minister Taner Yildiz said on Monday that an electricity agreement signed between Turkey and Georgia in 2005 regarding electricty exchange would expire today.

"The protocol in question is protracted for another two years," Yildiz said who signed the agreement with Georgian Energy Minister Alexander Khetaguri in Ankara.

Referring to Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan and Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum oil and natural gas pipelines, Yildiz said cooperation between Turkey and Georgia should continue on the pipelines. "This cooperation is maintained also in electricity," he added.

Yildiz said this cooperation enabled Turkey to supply electricity to Georgia in winter and Georgia to meet needs of Turkey in other months.

Yildiz said Turkey was eager to establish a primary and secondary common pool in natural gas, oil and electricity. "The agreement we signed is a part of this pool," he said.

Georgian Energy Minister Khetaguri said Turkey and Georgia have been carrying out a good cooperation for five years and would continue to do so.

Khetaguri said Turkey was a common strategic partner of Georgia, noting the two countries particularly have cooperation on energy.

Georgian minister cited Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan Pipeline Project and Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum Natural Gas Pipeline Projects to this.

Khetaguri said there had been serious electricity problem in Georgia in 2004, and underlined the importance of the agreement for them.

He said Georgia particulary took advantage of this agreement when Russia stopped giving Georgia natural gas in January 2006.

Khetaguri said new agreements could be on the agenda after some new pipelines are constructed.


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