YEREVAN, May 19. / ARKA /. Armenia’s national gas operator Gazprom Armenia (owned fully by Russian Gazprom) said Georgia’s Gas Transportation Company had to halt shipment of gas to Armenia after a massive landslide damaged the pipeline supplying Russian gas to Armenia across Georgia, however, both enterprises and households in the country will continue getting gas from the Abovyan underground storage facilities.
The Abovian gas storage is one of the principal elements of Armenia’s gas transmission system ensuing the country’s energy security. It was constructed in 1962 on rock salt deposits at a depth of 800-1,000 meters. The gas storage regulates also the seasonal gas consumption by Armenia’s industrial sector and supplies gas to the country’s most important gas consumers.
Gazprom Armenia has increased the capacity of the storage facility to 140 million cubic meters late last year. According to some estimates, the facility’s capacity can be expanded up to 250 million cubic meters or 10% of the total domestic demand.
In December 2013, Gazprom signed a contract with Gazprom Armenia on natural gas supplies to the country in 2014-2018. According to it, Gazprom will deliver up to 2.5 billion cubic meters of gas every year. -0-