Georgians in Tbilisi waited in long lines for gas last month (file photo) (InterPressNews)
6 February 2006 -- Georgia's Energy Ministry today said that Iranian gas supplies to Georgia have stopped flowing.
Energy Ministry spokeswoman Teona Doliashvili says Georgia no longer needs an alternative to Russian gas.
On 22 January, pipeline explosions cut off Russian gas supplies to Georgia. Tbilisi quickly turned to Iran for help, signing a short-term gas supply contract while Russia repaired the pipelines.The damaged pipelines are now operational.
Tbilisi originally accused Russia of deliberately cutting off the gas and vowed to reduce its energy dependence on Moscow.
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Ukraine consumes 70 billion cubic meters (bcm) of gas per year. It produces 20 bcm of its own gas, has a signed contract to import 40 bcm from Turkmenistan, and in 2005 was getting 29 bcm from Russia as payment for transit of Russian gas.
Ukraine sells some 7 bcm of gas a year to the West and places some in underground storage facilities. These facilities can hold 34.5 bcm.