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FYROM is interested in building an interconnection with Bulgaria

Energy Minister of Bulgaria, Temenujka Petkova, has proposed to the Prime Minister of FYROM, Zoran Zaev, to set up a joint working group to explore the possibilities of building an interconnection gas connection between Bulgaria and FYROM.

Energy Minister of Bulgaria, Temenujka Petkova, has proposed to the Prime Minister of FYROM, Zoran Zaev, to set up a joint working group to explore the possibilities of building an interconnection gas connection between Bulgaria and FYROM, the energy center press office announced on Wednesday after a meeting between the two.

The Bulgarian minister reminded that the gas operators of the two countries have talked about the idea as early as 2012 and it was supported by the Bulgarian state-owned company Bulgartransgaz. According to Petkova, work on the future interconnector should continue with information about the feasibility study and the market interest in the connection.

The idea of such a connection alongside Petrich and the Kulata is long ago and even there is a signed agreement for its realization, but nothing has been done specifically on the project. There is no estimate of the value and capacity of such a pipe, but the route is not expected to be long. Thus, Bulgaria adds to its bunch of gas pipeline projects with neighboring countries and FYROM. In reality, only the connection with Romania between Ruse and Giurgiu was put into operation, which was put into operation in October 2016 after a three-year delay. In reality, however, the quantities transported on it are very small. The Greek link, which is being launched at the same time as the Romanian funding, is currently in a vase for preparation of a tender procedure for a builder and a full financing of 240 million euros. The other two interconnectors – with Turkey and Serbia – are still in a very early phase.

For the Turkish, a feasibility study is being carried out, but it is not known when real activities will start, and Serbia’s latest data remains for 2020 as Belgrade is not ready to do so. It is clear from the energy agency’s announcement that the idea of a gas connection with FYROM is reviving in the context of the signing in 2015 in Dubrovnik, Croatia, of 15 European countries, including Serbia, a Memorandum for a Common Approach to Addressing Diversification Challenges And security of gas supply.

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