Bulgaria's Gas Reserves to Last for 45 Days

Bulgaria's Gas Reserves to Last for 45 Days

Bulgarian district heating companies, hospitals and plants with an uninterruptible production cycle which cannot switch to another fuel will be able to draw on the country's natural gas reserves for at least 45 days if supplies from Russia are halted, the Bulgarian News Agency, BTA, reported, quoting officials of gas transmission system operator Bulgartransgaz.

Earlier this month prime minister Plamen Oresharski said Bulgaria is increasing the gas reserves at the Chiren underground gas storage facility to meet the country's most pressing needs for up to six weeks in case gas imports are suspended.

Chiren, Bulgaria's only gas storage facility, has a s total capacity of 1.3 billion cubic metres (cu m) of gas, including 750 million cu m of buffer gas.

Bulgaria imports almost all the natural gas it needs from Russia through a pipeline crossing the territories of Ukraine, Moldova and Romania.

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