“Bulgaria is making very serious steps to connect to the energy network between Albania, Kosovo, Montenegro, and Serbia” said Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev, speaking at a joint press conference with Albanian counterpart Bujar Nishani, who is paying a visit to the country, FOCUS News Agency reported.
“We would like to have a direct railroad and air connection as well as a motorway between the two countries. We also want a gas connection […] and we are glad this will take place in 2018 after Bulgaria and Albania connect to the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP),” Plevneliev remarked.
He explained to counterpart Nishani Bulgaria was a traditional electricity producer, which produced two more time electricity than it needed and exported power to the countries in the region.
“We want to have a common energy network with a view to gas deliveries. Such a “ring” is now under construction between Albania, Kosovo, Montenegro, and Serbia and Bulgaria will take serious actions to connect to it,” Plevneliev said.
“This is our ambitious plan. Irrespective of whether it will be by car, train, or plane, we have to connect. The sooner, the better,” Rosen Plevneliev remarked.
Albanian President Bujar Nishani commented the matter of energy source diversification was a challenge not only to the Albanian and Bulgarian energy sectors but to the European energy sector in general.