Project Finalization and Commemoration Ceremony of the East-West Gas Pipeline (March 5)

On March 5, 2015, at 15:00, U.S. Ambassador Richard Norland will join Minister of Energy Kahkha Kaladze, and Georgian Oil and Gas Corporation Executive Director David Tvalabeishvili to commemorate the completion of the Georgia East-West Gas Pipeline Expansion and Rehabilitation project at the Amaghleba Launcher-Receiver site 30 km southwest of Kutaisi.

With a $62 million commitment, the U.S. Government, through the United States Agency for International Development, supported the rehabilitation and construction of 149 km of natural gas pipeline stretching from Gori to Poti . This new pipeline provides safe and reliable, year round natural gas to cities and villages from Gori to Poti. This project helps to build a secure energy infrastructure that ensures greater access to safe and stable natural gas for homes and industries throughout all of western Georgia. The new pipeline delivers higher volumes of gas reliably, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions by eliminating pipeline leakages.

The Georgia East-West Pipeline Expansion and Rehabilitation is a component of the $115 million USAID-funded Power and Gas Infrastructure Project. This project is part of the U.S. Government’s $1 billion dollar pledge to assist the people of Georgia following the August 2008 conflict.