Court in Bulgaria removes obstacle to Turkish stream
The Supreme Administrative Court of Bulgaria has ended the dispute over the election of the company for the construction of a drain of the Turkish Stream gas pipeline, which will supply the countries of southern Europe with Russian gas.
"The Supreme Administrative Court has rejected the appeal of the Gas Development and Expansion in Bulgaria (GDEB) consortium to Court of Justice Competition Decision 741 of 2019 and has closed the case," according to a ruling.
In January 2019 Bulgarian Gas Transmission and Storage System operator Bulgartransgaz decided to build a gas pipeline from the Turkish border to Serbia.
In April, Bulgartransgaz announced that the Saudi Arabian-Italian consortium Arkad had won the tender for the project and construction. However, & nbsp; The challenger GDEB filed a lawsuit against this decision. Now the Bulgarian court dismissed the lawsuit.
This was due to the fact that the Bulgarian consortium no longer wished to appeal, it said in the decision. The Bulgarian branch of the company "Completions Development", which belongs to the consortium GDEB, submitted a corresponding request. "Completions Development" is affiliated with the Russian steel pipe manufacturer TMK.
Turkish Stream consists of two strands with a throughput capacity of 15.75 billion cubic meters of gas per year. The first strand will deliver Russian gas to Turkey. This pipeline runs from the Russian Black Sea city of Anapa to Kıyıköy in Turkish Thrace. The second strand will be completed by the end of 2020 and will supply gas to southern and south-eastern European countries. Originally, it had been extended to the border between Turkey and the EU.