Romania, Energy Minister Toma Petcu in Sofia: BRUA is a project of common interest

Romanian Energy Minister Toma Petcu and his Bulgarian counterpart Temenuzhka Petkova met on Tuesday in Sofia to discuss the establishment of a power contingency plan to be accessed by either state in critical situations, like that occurred in the previous winter, the Energy Ministry said in release on Wednesday.

As far as natural gas supplies are concerned, Minister Petcu reaffirmed Romania’s interest in developing the BRUA gas pipeline project and told his Bulgarian counterpart that Romania will complete by 2019 all the works under the first phase of the project.

“BRUA is a project of common interest, so we consider that all the countries involved must have the works completed by the same time, to allow the interconnection at planned capacity and start preparations for the second phase. Romania intends to further the discussions on this subject and to advance the historical collaboration with Bulgaria. I think it’s time for us to move on to the next step and I’d like us to do this together,” Energy Minister Toma Petcu said.

In her turn, the Bulgarian Energy Minister said that Bulgaria supports any gas supply diversification project that guarantees the region’s energy security.

The second theme was the development of new interconnections of Romania and Bulgaria’s power grids. In this context, Minister Petcu brought into discussion the plan to build an energy transmission network in the Black Sea coast region, between Romania and Bulgaria, as well as the project of the subsea energy cable to Turkey via Bulgaria.

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