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Civil Georgia: Energy Crisis Worsens as Equipment Fails on Russo-Azeri Border
The gas supply to Georgia from Azerbaijan has decreased from more than 3 million cubic meters to 2.5 million cubic meters per day, after gas compressor equipment was damaged at the Russian-Azeri border, Georgian Energy Minister Nika Gilauri said at a news conference on January 24.
Gilauri said that he has no information regarding the reasons behind the damage of this gas compressor, which is located on the Russian side of the Russo-Azeri border.
BBC: Chechens freeze as gas is cut off
27 January 2006
Gas supplies to parts of Chechnya's capital Grozny have been cut off after an accident damaged a gas pipeline running through the Russian region. The accident came shortly before its energy-starved neighbour Georgia agreed a deal with Iran to get extra gas. Most of Georgia still lacks power and heating after snow and wind knocked down its main power line and explosions ruptured a key Russian gas pipeline. Russia and its neighbours are suffering from extreme cold this winter.
Across the Black Sea, Turkey says it is introducing electricity rationing because of reduced supplies from Russia and Iran. Iran says it reduced its exports because harsh weather had raised domestic consumption.