Russian Black Sea Pipeline Options 'Shouldn't Be Forgotten' - BulgarianDeputy PM

Business » ENERGY | May 19, 2016, Thursday // 10:58| Views: | Comments: 0
Bulgaria: Russian Black Sea Pipeline Options 'Shouldn't Be Forgotten' - BulgarianDeputy PM Bulgaria's Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Development Tomislav Donchev. Photo: BGNES

Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister has said alternative options to have a Russian gas pipeline build under the Black Sea should be taken into account.

"I am not referring to a continuation of halted South Stream," Donchev has made clear. South Stream is an abandoned pipeline project that was to carry gas to Central Europe under the Black Sea via Bulgaria and Serbia.

He has reasserted the country's intention to become a Balkan "gas distribution center".

In an interview for public BNT broadcaster's morning program, Donchev has explained that the difficult word "diversification" implies the existence of "at least three independent natural gas sources" and the avoidance of situations like the one in 2009, when Eastern Europe was caught in a gas crisis following a dispute between Russia and Ukraine.

His comments follow the groundbreaking ceremony of the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) in Thessaloniki, which he and Energy Minister Temenuzhka Petkova attended on Tuesday.

Donchev downplayed suggestions that TAP was an issue as "abstract" as it was to be connected with the Interconnector Greece-Bulgaria (IGB), which is also under construction at the moment.

He made clear Bulgaria was carrying out talks with Greece for the construction of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal not far from the common border.

The Deputy PM added gas exploration in the Black Sea, which was about to begin soon, should be considered when thinking of the future energy mix.

Energy » Be a reporter: Write and send your article
Tags: Tomislav Donchev, interconnector greece-bulgaria, IGB, Temenuzhka Petkova, Trans-Adriatic Pipeline, TAP
Advertisement
Advertisement
Expats.bg All Are Welcome! Join Now!
Bulgaria news Novinite.com (Sofia News Agency - www.sofianewsagency.com) is unique with being a real time news provider in English that informs its readers about the latest Bulgarian news. The editorial staff also publishes a daily online newspaper "Sofia Morning News." Novinite.com (Sofia News Agency - www.sofianewsagency.com) and Sofia Morning News publish the latest economic, political and cultural news that take place in Bulgaria. Foreign media analysis on Bulgaria and World News in Brief are also part of the web site and the online newspaper. News Bulgaria