Russia Asks Bulgaria to Issue South Stream Construction Permits
Monday, 22 December 2014
Russia’s Energy Minister Alexander Novak on Friday urged Bulgaria to issue in timely manner all permits relating to the construction of the seabed section of the South Stream gas pipeline project.
In a telephone conversation with Novak his Bulgarian counterpart Temenuzhka Petkova said that the process is already underway with some documents already issued and others - still in coordination phase – to be issued soon, the energy ministry in Sofia said in a statement.
In line with Moscow’s decision to abandon the project, the South Stream Transport company, which is building the underwater section of the pipeline, has notified all companies producing and supplying pipes for the project to freeze those activities, Russian daily Vedomosti reported on Friday.
Petkova also informed Novak about Bulgaria’s recent suggestion to the European Commission to build a gas distribution hub near the Black Sea city of Varna where the South Stream pipeline is projected to come ashore. She also invited Novak to visit Bulgaria.
The Russian Energy Minister replied that Moscow was ready to discuss the suggestion to build a gas hub on Bulgarian territory once it received an official proposal from the EU Commission, according to the Bulgarian Energy Ministry statement.
Meanwhile, Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov said on Friday that Sofia will issue all permissions needed for starting the construction of South Stream to fend off accusations of derailing the project.