Former Bulgargaz Head: Bulgaria's Only Hope Is to Get Gas from Turkey

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Bulgaria Former Bulgargaz Head: Bulgaria's Only Hope Is to Get Gas from Turkey: Former Bulgargaz Head: Bulgaria's Only Hope Is to Get Gas from Turkey The former head of Bulgargaz Vasil Filipov claims Bulgaria's only hope was getting natural gas from Turkey. Photo by

The former head of Bulgaria's gas monopoly Bulgargaz Vasil Filipov declared Sunday the country could not expect any gas from Russia or the Ukraine any time soon, and that its only alternative was to appeal to Turkey for help.

In an interview for a Nova TV talk show, Filipov stated the main reason for the present crisis was the fact that Russia's natural gas production was going down whereas its consumption was rising steadily.

In his words, Russia's deposits were being depleted, and that is why Gazprom wanted to sell what was left of them on much higher prices. Russia managed to patch up its gas exports largely thanks to re-exporting gas from Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, and Azerbaijan.

The former head of Bulgargaz declared that Bulgaria's only hope of getting natural gas was to negotiate supplies from Turkey, and have them transited in the reverse direction - from Turkey to Bulgaria - through the now empty pipeline, which is usually used to supply Turkey with Russian gas via Bulgaria.

According to Filipov, Turkey was getting natural gas from Russia via the Blue Stream gas pipeline as well as from Azerbaijan, Iran, and the Middle East, and it could sell gas to Bulgaria if it wanted to demonstrate a good will.

He urged the Bulgarian government to send negotiators to Ankara immediately in order to ask the Turks for help as Bulgaria's reserves were running out.

Filipov also explained that the potential construction of a 70-km pipeline between Bulgaria's Dimitrovgrad and Greece's Komotini, which would link Bulgaria with the Turkey-Greece-Italy pipeline, would hardly be of any use because the pipe reaching the town of Komotini had been designed to supply local industries and households, and would be greatly insufficient to cover Bulgaria's needs.

The former head of Bulgargaz said Bulgaria's gas storage facility at Chiren would likely be depleted in about ten days. He blamed all Bulgarian governments since the 1990s for failing to connect Bulgaria with other European gas pipelines, and for not expanding the country's reserves.

Filipov was Executive Director of Bulgargaz in 1997-1998 when Bulgaria negotiated Russian gas supplies with a contract with Gazprom. The contract was renegotiated in 2006 by the then Deputy Prime Minister from the Socialist Party Rumen Ovcharov, who claimed he had gotten a more favorable deal from the Russians.

Filipov said, however, that Gazprom used to pay for its transit via Bulgaria with about 1,4 billion cubic meters of gas per year, whereas after the 2006 renegotiation, it hardly paid more than 400 million cubic meters of gas per year.
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resipsaloquitur - 15 Jan 2009 // 01:23:40


Germans are friendly to the Americans as how BULLERICAN expressed it ,the AMERICANS LIBERATED THEM

from HITLER.


which is an American achivement.

May be in small towns in West Germany is different and how I said they like to learn English

and from a BULGARIAN They can not learn English.

But if you speak Turkish or Arabic,they will turn you a cold shoulder,believe me!

resipsaloquitur - 15 Jan 2009 // 00:53:48


what do you mean by "native friends?"

I AM NOT GERMAN and I do not look as German.

I have many friends...Hungarians,Persians,Bulgarians,Russians,Slovakians,

Cypriots,Greek,South Koreans,

Basilians,Americans(in Los Angeles,in Berkeley and Oakland;in Seattle,in Dallas,Texas a.s.o.).

Recently I befriended an young lady from KUBA,who studies in Berlin Business,but still does not speak German.

Today I talked to a gay from ALGER.

I said that I do not have GERMAN friends,beside my neighbors.

Kolegialen - 14 Jan 2009 // 23:10:21

is it the Muslim bit that got you going?
Well you guys are Muslims and we all know that being Muslim is a life sentence in stupidity and backwardness.
Look around the world....

vesela_s - 14 Jan 2009 // 23:00:06


That you don't have native friends in the country where you have lived since 1971 says a lot about you.

But please do not project your personal deficiencies and inadequacies onto others.

xNELLIEx - 14 Jan 2009 // 16:53:10


WOW! What language! Tzu.....tzu.......tzu.....Just WOW! If I didn't know better, I would think you were trying to flame me, loser! You should be careful what you say to better people than yourself. You know nothing, you are a fool. Piss off.

ExInferis - 14 Jan 2009 // 11:09:01

Nellie biyatch, I don't give a fvck if you like to bend over to the Germans so much, if you can handle German coc k, I'm sure you'll enjoy the Russian version too. In any case, as a pseudo-Bulgarian who svcks German/American/Dutch/Danish coc k on her free time, you really should shut your trap when your country is re-living its happy Commie days... Go fondle Kolegialen's frozen balls while you're at it. You can reminisce together about your fake country's imagined past and future glory. Fvckin losers!

resipsaloquitur - 14 Jan 2009 // 00:30:53



The young are NOT different than the old!

There are NO Germans,who have Turkish teenagers as friends.

xNELLIEx - 14 Jan 2009 // 00:26:22


"Here,you must be BLOND and speak without accent...once they learn you are a

foreigner...they do not talk to you!"

Well, maybe the older people and only if you look like a Turkish. The younger people are much more open-minded and liberal in their attitudes.

resipsaloquitur - 14 Jan 2009 // 00:17:11




The Western EU countries like UK,Germany,France ,Belgium a.s.o. look at us

as second class people from the Balkans,who are not as sophisticated as themselves!

I have been living and still live in Western Europe since 1971 but I do not have

ONE German,English,French or s.o. friend.

Here,you must be BLOND and speak without accent...once they learn you are a

foreigner...they do not talk to you!

As I live very close to the residence of the Turkish ambassador,I talk very often to the Turkish ,who are living there.
They do not mind that I am Bulgarian.

Kolegialen - 13 Jan 2009 // 22:57:09

Grt the Darwin award and blow yourself up like a good Muslim!

ExInferis - 13 Jan 2009 // 14:53:22

Bulgaria has many friends in the EU? Lol. That's what Georgia used to say before it got fvcked up the arse. As for that sorry little club of yours, keep it and enjoy the handouts while you can. While waiting for the hot water, buy deodorants (made in Turkey). Lol

xNELLIEx - 13 Jan 2009 // 13:37:00


Bulgaria will NEVER again suck Turkish schlong, boyfriend! Turkey can take its gas and blow it up its arse. Bulgaria does not need Turkey. Bulgaria has many friends in the EU and Turkey is never getting into that club.

ExInferis - 13 Jan 2009 // 12:04:28

Bulgarians can use Turkish gas... in their fvckin dreams. Continue licking French or Russian arse. Whichever you prefer. In the meantime, drink warm tea!

judge advocaat retired - 12 Jan 2009 // 17:12:47

What a Gluposti Fillipov is, he openly stated....

Filipov stated the main reason for the present crisis was the fact that Russia's natural gas production was going down whereas its consumption was rising steadily.

Not only is he not ahead of the game, he,s not even in the game. This is the big cheese who should know everything there is to know about gas distribution.

His advice appeal to Turkey for help a non EU member country what does this prick get paid for. If the rest of the country relies on ministers with the same drive energy and intellect then its know wonder we are the poorest in the EU.

France volunteers to send gas to Bulgaria via the international grid system the UK would do the same if approached and it would arrive thru Greece, but this plonker only thinks like a commie and probably still rings Moskva and wants help from a non member state of the EEA. They really are professionals. At what I,m not sure.

Roll on election time and lets have a drastic change, at least start looking now for people with experience of the west and with a brain thats useful. These people are Dummies

mrposhrat - 12 Jan 2009 // 13:22:33

If this is true, then there is going to be an economic meltdown in BG, with most heavy industry going out of business. Who is going to invest money when Russian gas supplies are unstable and depleted? Actually, the whole of the Eastern European economy will go into meltdown!?

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