Bulgaria Starts Building Gas Link with Romania

Energy | August 16, 2012, Thursday // 08:25|  views

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Bulgaria is to launch the construction of its 25-km cross-border gas link with its northern neighbor Romania on Thursday.

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov and Economy and Energy Minister are to turn the symbolic first sod in the energy project, local media have noted.

Some experts have described the 25-km gas interconnector as the least significant in terms of energy diversification among Bulgaria's planned gas links.

Bulgaria also plans to build gas links with three other neighbors – Turkey, Greece and Serbia – in a bid to diversify its energy supplies.

The Balkan country moved to link its natural gas grid to that of its neighbors after the January 2009 gas war between Russia and Ukraine, which cut off the Russian gas supplies to Bulgaria for full three weeks leaving it without natural gas in the middle of the winter.

n February 2011, the European Council decided that each EU member state should have at least two sources of natural gas and electricity by 2014 in order to avoid a repetition of the Russian-Ukrainian gas crisis.

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