Gas Prices in Bulgaria to Go Up 5% as of January
Tuesday, 20 December 2016
Bulgaria's energy watchdog KEVR has adopted a modest increase in gas prices as of January 01, 2017.
Starting from that date, the price per 1000 cubic meters should be 280.21 levs, or 5% higher than the current figure, the Energy and Water Regulatory Commission (KEVR) has proposed, according to StandartNews.
This goes against a proposal by the state gas supplier, Bulgargaz, which demands an increase of 13.53%, a move that would set the price at 302.99 levs.
There is "no ground" for such a sharp hike, KEVR has insisted after a workgroup meeting.
During the fourth quarter of this year, the price of gas is 286.60 levs per 1000 cubic meters, a figure including a transit fee of BGN 19.73%.
Bulgargaz cited the higher natural gas prices, with Russian energy giant Gazprom (its main supplier) also increasing next quarter's delivery prices by 13.9% compared to the previous three months.
The Bulgarian currency (BGN)'s fall against the US dollar (USD) was another reason.
KEVR's proposal is expected to be discussed and possibly confirmed at a session open to the public on December 27.
Sofia News Agency