Turkish Stream Will Be Costlier than South Stream – Bulgaria’s Energy Minister
Tuesday, 12 May 2015
Bulgarian Energy Minister Temenuzhka Petkova has insisted that the Turkish Stream gas pipeline project will be costlier than the South Stream project.
In a Monday interview for the morning broadcast of the Bulgarian National Television, Petkova argued that the Turkish Stream gas pipeline had to cross an EU Member State.
Bulgaria’s Energy Minister questioned the economic feasibility of the Turkish Stream project.
She noted that Bulgaria had not yet received an official answer from Russia as regards the future of the South Stream project in view of the announcement of Vladimir Putin from December 2014 that Russia was withdrawing from the scheme.
“It is too early to say that it is all over with South Stream,” Petkova stated.
She said that the project company continued to exist because there was no official document confirming the suspension of the South Stream gas pipeline project.
As regards the implementation of gas grid interconnector projects, she said that the construction of the pipeline to Greece was to start in March 2016 and the final investment decision on the project was to be taken on May 29.
Petkova informed that the Bulgaria-Romania gas grid interconnector was to be ready by end-2015 and that the Bulgaria-Turkey and Bulgaria-Serbia gas grid interconnector projects were also moving forward.