Bulgaria Is Injecting Additional Quantities of Gas into Chiren Depot
Bulgaria's Ministry of Economy and Energy is preparing a stance on the steps it is taking in relation to the Russia -Ukraine gas dispute.
Energy Minister Dragomir Stoynev announced a few days ago that the government had responded to the latest development in the gas talks between Ukraine and Russia by starting to inject additional gas quantities into the Chiren gas storage facility.
Bulgaria's gas transmission system operator Bulgartransgaz announced one month ago that it had not been informed about changes to the agreed quantities of gas supplied by Russia.
The statement was issued in response to a question concerning gas supplies amid the tensions in Ukraine, according to reports of the Bulgarian National Radio.
Bulgartransgaz also explained that the main alternative source of gas supplies in the case of disruptions was the Chiren gas storage facility.
The gas storage facility currently stores around 200 million cubic meters of natural gas which can cover the needs of vulnerable consumers in the country for a period of two months.
Another option for securing gas needs is local gas production at the Galata gas field.
According to statistics from 2013, the gas field secures around 10% of gas consumption in Bulgaria.
Another alternative source of gas supplies is the connection to Greece's gas grid, which provides the technical opportunity for shipping gas to Bulgaria as of January 1, 2014.
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