A branch of the pipeline Turkish Stream is supposed to lead via Bulgaria

A branch of the pipeline Turkish Stream is supposed to lead via Bulgaria

Joy in Sofia: A diversion of the new Russian gas pipeline Turkish Stream will supply gas from Bulgaria, Serbia, Hungary and Slovakia from 2020 onwards.

A diversion of the natural gas pipeline Turkish Stream will supply Bulgaria, Serbia, Hungary and Slovakia with Russian gas from 2020 onwards. The Russian newspaper "Kommersant" reports referring to sources in state-owned Gazprom.

In addition, the newspaper reports that the operators in Hungary, Slovakia and Austria have carried out an auction for the reservation of new capacities (open season) from October 2022 for seven years. This amounts to the fact that Gazprom wants to start operating both strands of Turkish Stream from 2020 and from 2022 would want to renounce the transit through Ukraine.

The Bulgarian Ministry of Energy is awaiting official confirmation from Moscow, Deputy Minister of Administration Krassimir Parvanov told the BNR State Radio in Sofia. He recalled that Bulgaria's Prime Minister Boyko Borissov has negotiated on several occasions, most recently during his visit to Moscow in the spring of 2018.

In Sofia, they are pleased to announce that a strand of Turkish Stream will pass through Bulgaria. "The great danger that Turkish Stream will pass Bulgaria, is banned," said Iskren Wesselinow of the parliamentary economic committee.

After complete completion, the Turkish Stream gas pipeline from Russia to Turkey will run from the proximity of the Russian coastal town of Anapa through the Black Sea to the Turkish coast about 100 kilometers west of Istanbul. The pipeline will be connected from there to an existing network. By two strands then annually up to 31.5 billion cubic meters of gas flow. Turkey is one of the biggest buyers of Russian gas.

Turkish Stream is expected to go into operation in 2019. "At least half of the gas supply will go to Europe," said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday at a ceremony to inaugurate a section of the pipeline in Istanbul. (Apa / red)

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