On 16 July, Energy Community experts in close cooperation with the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia, the Georgian Oil and Gas Corporation and the Georgian Gas Transportation Company kicked off EU4Energy technical assistance aimed at developing the first Natural Gas Emergency Plan in Georgia. The objective of the Emergency Plan is to ensure a consistent and coordinated response to an unplanned gas supply interruption and to resolve expeditiously a gas supply emergency.
With a view to creating a framework that takes into account the provisions of EU Regulation 2017/1938, the activity shall build on the currently existing emergency management structures and rules in Georgia, such as the law of Georgia on Energy and Water Supplies and on Civil Security, the relevant provisions of the Natural Gas Market Rules, the Natural Gas Transmission Network Code and other rules related to security of supply. To achieve this aim, an active participation and contribution from public and private entities which are active in natural gas supply, transport and demand, and in emergency planning and response, is essential.
The project is envisaged to take place between July – November 2020.
* The EU4Energy Initiative covers all EU support to improve energy supply, security and connectivity, as well as to promote energy efficiency and the use of renewables in the Eastern Partner countries Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. It does this by financing projects and programmes that help to reform energy markets and to reduce national energy dependence and consumption. Over the longer term, this makes energy supply more reliable, transparent and affordable, thus reducing energy poverty and energy bills for both citizens and the private sector.