Bulgarian authorities should work to complete the interconnectors, linking its gas transportation networks with Greece and Romania, Jakub Adamowicz, the EU Commission spokesperson for Specific Energy Union Projects has said for the Bulgarian National Radio, quoted by novinite.com.
His comments follow assurances on behalf of Energy Minister Temenuzhka Petkova that the link with Romania will be up and running later this year.
Sofia and Athens are separately working together to conduct market tests for the forthcoming Interconnector Greece-Bulgaria (IGB) that authorities hope to kickstart construction within months.
Adamowicz has thus dashed Sofia’s hopes that its Balkan Gas Hub project would get support from Brussels in the short term, saying Bulgaria has to go through the list of Projects of Common Interest (PCI) of the EU.
“Interconnectors have to be operational and to conduct reverse flow. This is very important from the perspective of flexibility, as it, to a large extent, provides guarantees of supply. It is only after that that we believe projects which were not included in the strategic list can begin to be built,” he has added.
The EU hopes to see the gas systems of the three countries linked to enable priority gas projects such as Slovakia-backed Eastring.
Meanwhile, the main pipeline which will connect the national gas transmission system from Romania to Bulgaria was scheduled to complete the drilling crossing, carried out under the Danube, for Sunday in the afternoon.
Romanian Deputy Prime Minister and Economy Minister Costin Borc made on Saturday a working visit to the Giurgiu-Ruse gas interconnector site, where he met with representatives of the companies involved in the project: Transgaz, Inspet and Habau, a press release informs.
“Minister Borc’s visit to the Comasca-Romania site underlines once again the attention given by the Romanian Government to the Giurgiu-Ruse interconnector, given the strategic importance of this investment to ensure the energy security and the security of gas supply of two states,” the release reads.
Borc’s visit continued at the Gas Measuring Station in Giurgiu, a unit that allows the gas circulation in both directions and was sized at a maximum rate of 1.5 bcm / year in both directions.