Bulgargaz Seeks 400 Million Euros from Gazprom in Arbitration Claim

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Bulgaria: Bulgargaz Seeks 400 Million Euros from Gazprom in Arbitration Claim

BulgargazBulgaria's state gas supplier, has initiated legal proceedings against Gazprom, the Russian energy giant, seeking 400 million euros in compensation for damages caused by the unilateral suspension of natural gas supplies over two years ago, by the end of April 2022, reports BNT.

The arbitration claim was lodged recently at the International Chamber of Commerce's Arbitration Court in Paris, as confirmed by the Bulgarian gas supplier.

According to Bulgargaz, in late May 2024, the company formally invited Gazprom Export to resolve the issue amicably, as stipulated in their contract. However, following the Russian side's failure to engage in settlement talks, Bulgargaz proceeded to take legal action to safeguard its interests.

The International Chamber of Commerce's Arbitration Court in Paris, renowned for its authority in handling international commercial disputes, will adjudicate on the case.

This legal action highlights the complexities and tensions inherent in energy supply agreements between nations and multinational corporations. Bulgargaz's initiative seeks not only financial compensation but also seeks to uphold the contractual obligations and accountability in international business dealings.

The outcome of this arbitration case could have broader implications for energy relations between Bulgaria and Russia, as well as setting precedents for similar disputes in the energy sector globally.


Bulgargaz is Bulgaria's state-owned natural gas supplier, responsible for importing, distributing, and selling natural gas across the country. As a key player in Bulgaria's energy sector, Bulgargaz plays a pivotal role in ensuring the nation's energy security and meeting the demand for natural gas among residential, commercial, and industrial consumers. The company manages a network of pipelines and infrastructure that facilitates the transportation and distribution of natural gas, contributing significantly to Bulgaria's energy independence and economic stability. Bulgargaz also engages in international energy trade agreements, aiming to secure reliable and cost-effective natural gas supplies while adhering to regulatory standards and promoting sustainable energy practices within Bulgaria and the broader European context.

Gazprom, headquartered in Moscow, Russia, is the world's largest natural gas company and a major player in global energy markets. As a state-controlled entity, Gazprom holds a dominant position in Russia's natural gas sector, responsible for the extraction, production, transportation, and sale of natural gas both domestically and internationally. The company operates an extensive network of pipelines that supply natural gas to Europe and Asia, making it a critical player in Europe's energy security landscape. Gazprom also engages in exploration and development activities, as well as the production of oil and gas condensate. With a vast reserve base and significant production capacity, Gazprom plays a pivotal role in shaping energy policies and markets, influencing geopolitical dynamics through its energy exports and strategic partnerships worldwide.

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