21 Jul 2009 12:17

Tskhinvali ready to take Russian gas from late August - Energetika

TSKHINVALI. July 21 (Interfax) - Tskhinvali's gas system is generally ready to accept gas to be supplied from Russia through the Dzuarikau-Tskhinvali gas pipeline, said General Director of South Ossetia's state company Energetika Alan Gabarayev.

The pipeline will be connected to the town's existing gas distribution system, which currently delivers gas from Georgia, Gabarayev said told Interfax on Tuesday.

The state committee, which implements the South Ossetia reconstruction project, is planning to conduct repair work in places where gas leakage is possible, the general director said.

The general contractor under the gas pipeline construction project has promised to supply the Russian gas to Tskhinvali on August 26, on the day Russia recognized South Ossetia's independence. "For our part, we are ready to fully connect town pipeline systems to [Russian] gas," Gabarayev said.

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