Bulgaria starts the construction of its gas interconnector with Romania

13/09/2012 00:56

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After the gas dispute between Ukraine and Russia last year which has left Bulgaria without gas for three weeks in the winter period, the European Council decided that every member state should have at least two sources of gas and electricity by 2014, in order to avoid repeating the Russian-Ukrainian gas crisis.

Accordingly Bulgaria has decided to build a gas pipeline with Romania, the construction of which began in August, and with three nations: Turkey, Greece and Serbia in a bid to diversify its energy supplies. The pipeline will link Giurgiu and Ruse and will be 25 km long with little more than 15 km in Bulgaria and 2.1 km beneath the Danube, having an annual capacity between 0.5 and 1.5 billion cubic meters of natural gas, which represents half of Bulgaria’s consumption. At the launch ceremony, the Minister of the Economy and Energy, Delian Dobrev announced that the Romanian import of gas will help Bulgaria not only to increase the security of supply, but also to diversify its energy provisions. The Bulgarian Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, affirmed that he is convinced that in the Bulgarian Black Sea there are deposits with at least the same amount of gas as those recently discovered in Romania. In late July, the Bulgarian government granted a license to the French oil group Total SA to perform exploration on the block "Khan Asparuh" which has a total area of over 14,000 square kilometers and is positioned at a distance of 15 kilometers from natural gas deposit discovered in the Romanian Black Sea. According to Kiril Temelkov, CEO of the Bulgartransgazenergy company, the gas link is expected to be completed and functional by the end of May 2013.

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