The gas flow through the interconnector between Romania and Bulgaria will not be fully enabled for the next two years, Bulgarian Energy Minister Temenuzhka Petkova announced on Friday, quoted by novinite.com.
“The lack of a compressor station on the Romanian side of the Danube (which serves as a natural border between the countries) impedes the daily flow from Romania into Bulgaria,” Bulgarian official told.
She added that Romanian authorities had assured both Sofia and Brussels they would speed up work.
Bulgaria could receive up to 4 million cubic meters of gas daily in the event of a crisis, Petkova said.
The EUR 24 million (including EUR 9 million allocated by the European Commission) gas pipeline project of 25 kilometers, that links the Bulgarian city of Ruse to Romania’s Giurgiu, became finally operational last month, Romanian Minister of Energy, Victor Grigorescu, attending also the event.
Romania-Bulgaria interconnector has a capacity of 1.5 billion cubic meters annually and links the gas transmission between the two countries, diversifying the resources during possible cuts of Russian gas deliveries via Ukraine.
No capacity has yet been booked, however, with the procedure due to begin next year.
Bulgaria is yet to build its interconnectors with Greece, Turkey and Serbia.
The initial completion term of the long-waited was June 2013, due to technical problems met in building the underwater section of the pipeline.