Thursday, December 11, 2014

Bulgaria ready to place gas hub for European consumers

Bulgaria is ready to place on its territory a gas distribution European-scale station, instead of the South Stream project, according to a verbatim account of a meeting of the Bulgarian government on Wednesday.

“We can build a gas storage facility in Varna, where /South Stream/ pipes were to come out of the Black Sea. The European Commission, under the plan /of its President Jean-Claude/ Juncker, may finance the construction of a liquefied gas storage facility. It will be filled there and pumped from there to Europe,” Prime Minister Boiko Borisov said. “The European Commission will sponsor this hub. We make a distribution centre of the Energy Union in Varna, and we are number one in terms of diversification. It is not in the interests of Turkey or Greece, or any other country. It is in our interests and in the interests of the European Union, and we must solve this problem. We offer the European Commission and the entire Europe a perfect option of placing a gas hub in Bulgaria, not in Turkey.”

Borisov instructed the ministers to notify all parties concerned about this initiative.

On December 1, after the talks with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russia was ready not only extend the Blue Stream pipeline but also to build another pipeline system to satisfy Turkey’s growing demand and to build a gas hub at the border between Turkey and Greece to pump gas to Southern Europe.

On the same day, the Russian leader said that in current conditions Russia would not implement the South Stream project. Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller said the project was no longer topical. “The project is closed, and that’s it,” he told journalists, commenting on the results of the top-level Russia-Turkey talks.

The South Stream project estimated at 15.5 billion euro was meant to supply 67 billion cubic metres of gas a year. Now, the capacity of the Blue Stream gas pipeline that runs across the bottom of the Black Sea to Turkey is 16 billion cubic metres of gas a year. Turkey has repeatedly offered Russia to use its territory as a starting point for gas supplies to Europe.


  1. La CE soutien la création d’un hub gazier en Bulgarie ...

    La Commission Européenne soutient la création d'un hub gazier en Bulgarie après l'abrogation du projet « South Stream », a dit Maros Sefcovic devant les journalistes à l'issue de sa rencontre avec le premier ministre bulgare.

    « La Commission est favorable à la création des hubs gaziers mais seulement en conformité avec la législation de l'UE et sur la base de la transparence. Il reste cependant beaucoup à faire avant la création d'un tel hub en Bulgarie, a noté l'euro-fonctionnaire. « Je sais que le premier-ministre est prêt à explorer les différentes possibilités et nous pouvons l'aider en faisant le travail d'analyse ».

    On sait qu'à la mi-janvier Sefcovic a reçu une lettre de Bulgarie qui suggérait de financer la construction du hub bulgare aux frais de l'UE....................

    1. Energy security and interconnectivity in Bulgaria and the other countries of South East Europe - a priority for the European Commission ...

      The Vice-President responsible for Energy Union, Maros Šefčovič and Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, Miguel Arias Cañete, met with Prime Minister of Bulgaria Boyko Borissov and Deputy Prime Minister Tomislav Dontchev in Brussels on Monday 12 January. Key points of the discussions were the current energy challenges in Bulgaria, gas infrastructure development priorities for Central and South Eastern Europe and their potential impact for European Union security of energy supplies. In this context, Bulgaria confirmed its commitment to building an Energy Union aiming at affordable, secure, renewable and sustainable energy for all. The Energy Union that will reform and reorganise Europe's energy policy is one of the political priorities of the Juncker Commission.

      There was agreement on the necessity to increase integration of the region and most importantly, provide real diversification of gas supplies to the region and notably Bulgaria. This requires rapid concrete actions and to revisit and reinforce cost-effective regional solutions based on regional cooperation and solidarity. In this context the creation of the High Level Working Group tasked with advancing the most important cross-border diversification projects in the region and agreed that the group should start its work without delay. The Vice-President repeated the Commission's willingness to assess how existing financial support mechanism (Ten-E, Connecting Europe Facility, European Fund for Strategic Investments) can potentially help to secure the financing and swift implementation of the projects.....................


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