Bulgarian Stream ready to receive gas from TurkStream starting Jan 1, says Bulgartransgaz

TASS Russian News Agency | Dec 9, 2019 at 7:28 AM

SOFIA, December 9. /TASS/. The Bulgarian side is ready to ensure transit gas supplies to Greece and North Macedonia from the TurkStream pipeline starting January 1, 2020, chief executive of the country's state gas firm Bulgartransgaz Vladimir Malinov said in an interview with 24 Chasa (24 Hours) newspaper published on Monday.

"Even if Russia's gas transit via Ukraine to Bulgaria via the Trans-Balkan gas pipeline is suspended starting the beginning of the year we are prepared. On November 30, Turkey made a ‘golden' weld joint connecting TurkStream to Bulgarian Stream. Bulgartransgaz will start filling the 11-kilometer section of the gas pipe on its territory with gas as early as this week, while Turkey - the 140-kilometer section. We will be ready by December 15, and they, hopefully, by December 20," he said.

The construction of pipelines to the Serbian border on the 308-kilometer section of the Bulgarian Stream gas pipeline will be completed by May 31, Malinov said, adding that after that daily supplies through the gas pipeline would amount to 8.75 mln cubic meters. Before that, gas will be delivered via the Bulgarian territory through the existing gas transport system.

The TurkStream project envisages the construction of a gas pipeline across the Black Sea to the European part of Turkey and farther to the border with Greece. Gas deliveries via the first stretch of the gas pipeline are meant to meet the requirements of the growing Turkish market, while the second stretch is planned to deliver gas to the countries of Southern and South-Eastern Europe. Gazprom considers Greece, Italy, Bulgaria, Serbia and Hungary potential markets. The capacity of each line is 15.75 billion cubic meters of gas per year.

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov said in November that gas supplies via the TurkStream gas pipeline from Bulgaria to Serbia would start by May 2020.