Bulgarian South Stream Section Issued Positive EIA Report
Wednesday, 30 July 2014
The offshore South Stream gas pipeline section will not have a substantial impact on the environment and the socio-economic sphere in the region of Bulgaria's Varna.
The Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) report was prepared by international experts from URS Infrastructure and Environment UK Limited.
The experts were involved in two parallel processes, namely, assessing the environmental impact in accordance with national legislation, and evaluating the impact on the social environment in accordance with the guidelines and standards of international funding entities.
Under the ESIA report, the project will not have a substantial impact on the environment.
The report provides estimates of the impact on the cultural heritage in the area of Varna and examines the social and economic aspects of the project.
Under the report, which takes stock of the impact of the gas pipeline project on the local population and the vulnerable groups in the region, the scheme is to bring temporary benefits as a result of the extra job opportunities and the increased demand for products and services during the construction works.