YEREVAN, February 27. / ARKA /. Aharon Adibekyan, head of a Yerevan-based Sociometer polling center, said today Russian Gazprom’s plan to substantially increase the effectiveness of Armenia’s national gas distribution company’s activities is very important in terms of environment protection.
On February 26, Alexei Miller, the chief executive of Gazprom, and two of his deputies, visited Armenia and met here with president Serzh Sargsyan and the top management of Armenia’s national gas distribution company Gazprom Armenia (formerly ArmRosGazprom -ARG) to discuss an array of energy issues.
On January 16 the Armenian government ceded its remaining 20 percent share in ARG to Gazprom as part of an agreement to pay half of the $300 million debt accrued by the government in Yerevan to Gazprom for gas shipments. Before that Gazprom already owned 80 percent of the company,
Speaking at a news conference today, Adibekyan said although more than 90 percent of homes and enterprises in Armenia are currently connected to the network, up from 21 percent in 2002, ‘it is in our best interest that this figure increase to 100 because due to lack of gas in some areas local people log illegally trees.’
Under an agreement with the Armenian government, Gazprom is to deliver to Armenia 2.5 billion cubic meters of gas annually. -0-