The ship Arneborg, loaded with 685 tubes made for the "South Stream" gas route, docked Wednesday at the port of Varna, Standart learnt from insider sources at the biggest port in Bulgaria. The unloading of the vessel began Thursday and goes according to plan, officials from the port explained.
By the end of September a total of 18 ships loaded with pipes for "South Stream" will arrive to the two terminals of Bulgaria's other sea port - "Varna East" and "Varna West".
The second ship to Burgas will dock with the pipes this week. While Arneborg arrived from Edinburgh, ships with pipes for the "South Stream" are also expected from surprising destinations as Japan and Dubai, workers of the port revealed.
The managements of the two ports, however, adamantly refused to comment, saying they had signed contracts with the clause of confidentiality.
The tubes come with large ships to Varna and Burgas, where they will be unloaded and after a stay they will be loaded onto small boats to be sailed to Russia. Perhaps they will be used to build a pipeline that will deliver Russian natural gas from Anapa to Crimea or will pass through the bottom of the sea to Bulgaria.
According to the most recent official information from June 7, 2016 the company South Stream Transport "began the optimization of its warehouse space for stored gas pipes in the Bulgarian port of Burgas and Varna". The pipes, which are produced in 2014, will be moved to different warehouses, the company said in a statement.
We are talking about a total of about 150,000 pipes for the construction of two lines of the pipeline across the Black Sea.
The new supply of gas pipes is not associated with any change in the status of the project "South Stream", the company emphasized.