South Stream Pipeline Construction in Bulgaria to Kick Off 2013
Map of the South Stream gas transit pipeline project. Map from south-stream.info
The construction of the Bulgarian section of the South Stream gas pipeline will be launched in 2013, Russian energy giant Gazprom has announced.
Gazprom CEO Alexey Miller and Bulgargaz CEO Dimitar Gogov met on Wednesday to discuss details about the project. '
Miller and Gogov also discussed the bilateral cooperation in energy and other fields.
The South Stream pipeline is intended to transport up to 63 billion cubic meters of natural gas to central and southern Europe, diversifying Russian gas routes away from transit countries such as Ukraine.
The pipes will go from Russia to Bulgaria via the Black Sea; in Bulgaria it will split in two – with the northern leg going through Serbia, Croatia, Hungary, and Slovenia to Austria and Northern Italy, and the southern leg going through Greece to Southern Italy. Recent reports have indicated, however, that Russian energy giant Gazprom may give up on the construction of the offshore section of the South Stream gas pipeline to Austria.
The total length of the offshore section will be around 900 kilometers, and the maximum depth – over two kilometers.
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