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Georgia To Receive Natural Gas From Azerbaijan

(RFE/RL) January 10, 2007 -- Georgia was due today to start receiving natural gas from Azerbaijan.

Under a December 2006 agreement, Georgia is to receive 90 million cubic meters of gas over 90 days at the price of $120 per 1,000 cubic meters.

Georgia is to receive additional volumes from Azerbaijan when gas starts flowing from Azerbaijan's Shah Deniz field along a pipeline to Turkey.

Georgia will receive its own quota and Turkey has also agreed to cede part of its quota to Georgia at an undisclosed price.

Georgia is seeking to reduce its dependence on Russian energy supplies.

Russia's Gazprom will supply Georgia with gas at a price of $235 per 1,000 cubic meters this year, or more than twice what Georgia was paying last year.

(, Interfax, ITAR-TASS)

Prague Energy Forum, October 23-24

Prague Energy Forum, October 23-24

An oil refinery in Western Siberia (TASS)

STABILITY AND SECURITY: On October 23-24, RFE/RL and the Warsaw-based Economic forum cosponsored the Prague Energy Forum at RFE/RL's Prague broadcasting center. The Energy Forum brought together nearly 100 experts and policymakers from Europe, Central Asia, and the Middle East to discuss key issues of energy supply and security in the years to come.

HIGHLIGHTS: RFE/RL presents some of the key presentations from the Energy Forum and interviews with some participants:

Czech Premier Urges Reduced Energy Dependence On Russia

Interview: Nature A Bigger Threat To Security Than Terrorism

Russia Can Boost Security Through Transparency

Interview: Russian Expert Addresses Europe's Security Concerns

U.S. Official Outlines Concerns About Iran's Nuclear Program

Iranian, Western Experts Spar Over Tehran's Nuclear Ambitions

Experts Ponder Future 'Gas Wars'

Former U.S. Ambassador Says Kyiv Can Cope With Gas Price Rise

Interview: Tbilisi Bent On Energy Independence

MORE: Click on the image to see the conference program, participant list, and other materials.

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