“Project for the Balkan gas distribution centre does not aim at bypassing Ukraine,” said Bulgarian Minister of Energy Temenuzhka Petkova, speaking Saturday for Darik Radio.
Minister Petkova stated one of the main subjects of the working group on energy in the frames of the Bulgarian-Russian Intergovernmental Commission on Economic and Scientific-Technical Cooperation had been connected with gas projects.
“We presented our concept of a gas distribution centre on Bulgaria’s territory. [This is] a concept, I dare say, is a highly successful, highly working, having in mind the advantages Bulgaria offers for the realisation of such a project,” Minister Petkova commented.
She pointed to Bulgaria’s strategic geographic location and the natural path of natural gas flows from the east and south.
Petkova also laid emphasis on Bulgaria’s well-developed gas transmission structure.
She specified 80% of compressor stations in the region were on Bulgarian territory.
Asked when the European Commission (EC) had to express its stance on the construction of the Balkan gas distribution centre, the minister replied: “I think we will have clarity on the matter quite soon. This project should fully conform to European legislation and meet the Third Energy Package requirements and we deem this highly important. We view Russian gas as one of the potential gas sources for the hub,” the cabinet member stated.
“The fact the EU approved our project for a gas distribution centre and included it in the projects of common interest in the frames of the EU, I think, is a good enough signal for the future of the project,” the minister pointed out.
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