(MENAFN- Trend News Agency)
BAKU, Azerbaijan, September 22. Getting gas
from such partners as Azerbaijan is a priority for Bulgaria, Rossen
Hristov, Minister of Energy of Bulgaria said at the Romanian
International Gas Conference, organized by the Romanian Oil and Gas
Employers' Federation (FPPG), Trend reports.
“We have been working heavily on reducing the supply from
Russia. Our priority is diversification, which is getting gas from
such partners as Azerbaijan, or Turkey. October 1 is the day when
the IGB (Interconnector Greece-Bulgaria) will start working. The
initial capacity of it is 3 billion cubic meters with a potential
increase to 5 billion cubic meters of gas, he noted.
Investing in infrastructure is a key priority right now, and
there is no a single country that can deal with these challenges
alone, the minister added.
The IGB project is of key importance for increasing security of
supply and for ensuring diversification of natural gas sources for
Bulgaria and the region of Southeast Europe. At the regional level,
IGB will provide access to the gas transmission network for
Bulgarian municipalities and regions that didn't have an option for
connectivity. The interconnector with Greece is an entirely new
route for the transmission of natural gas to Europe and will give
Bulgaria and the region access to supplies from new sources. The
project will connect the country with the Southern Gas Corridor and
has excellent synergy with other major energy projects such as TAP,
TANAP, EastMed and the LNG terminal at Alexandroupolis.
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