Minister Petkova: Bulgaria is integral part of Southern Gas Corridor

  29 February 2020    Read: 848
Minister Petkova: Bulgaria is integral part of Southern Gas Corridor

Bulgaria is an integral part of the Southern Gas Corridor through the Interconnector Greece-Bulgaria (IGB), said Bulgarian Energy Minister Temenuzhka Petkova.

She made the remarks during the 6th meeting of the Southern Gas Corridor Advisory Council held in Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb.28, Trend reports citing Bulgarian Energy Ministry.

Petkova noted that the Southern Gas Corridor is important in terms of diversification of gas supplies to the country and the region.

She highlighted the political will expressed by Bulgarian and Greek governments during their recent meeting to make every effort to accelerate the process of implementation of IGB in synergy with the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP), the final leg of the Southern Gas Corridor.

“Our country will receive 1 billion cubic meters of gas per year from Azerbaijan’s Shah Deniz field via IGB,” added the energy minister.

Petkova went on to add that in synergy with the Southern Gas Corridor, the Bulgarian government is working on the implementation of the key energy security projects, including the Balkan Gas Hub concept, interconnectors linking Bulgaria with neighboring countries and construction liquefied natural gas terminal at Alexandroupolis in Northern Greece.

"Our country will continue to prioritize work on all gas projects that provide diversification of gas supply sources and routes," Petkova added.

Moreover, Bulgarian energy minister held discussions with her Azerbaijani counterpart Parviz Shahbazov on the possibility of making investments by Azerbaijan’s state oil company SOCAR in Bulgaria’s gas distribution.

The sides noted that this will allow Bulgaria to use Azerbaijan’s experience in gasification.

The Southern Gas Corridor is one of the priority projects for the EU and envisages the transportation of 10 billion cubic meters of Azerbaijani gas from the Caspian region through Georgia and Turkey to Europe.

The launching ceremony of the first stage of the Southern Gas Corridor was held in Baku on May 29, 2018, while opening ceremony of TANAP’s Phase 0 was held on June 12, 2018 in the Turkish city of Eskisehir. TANAP-Europe connection was opened on Nov.30, 2019 in Ipsala, Edirne, Turkey.

Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) and Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP) were connected on the Turkish-Greek border.

The Interconnector Greece-Bulgaria project envisages a two-stage development.

In the first stage, the pipeline capacity will be 3 billion cubic meters of gas, of which 2.7 billion cubic meters will be offered for the long-term market, the remaining share of 0.3 billion cubic meters in the short term.

In a second phase, also depending on the evolution of the market, the capacity of the pipeline can be increased to 5.3 billion cubic meters of gas thanks to the addition of a compression station: 4.5 billion cubic meters of gas 0.5 billion cubic meters of short-term gas will be offered for long-term products.

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