Plevneliev hopeful gas supply from Azerbaijan will start earlier than planned

Written by on April 29, 2015 in Bulgaria - Comments Off on Plevneliev hopeful gas supply from Azerbaijan will start earlier than planned

Meeting his Azjerbaijani counterpart Ilham Aliyev, Bulgarian President Rossen Plevneliev has voiced hope that supplies of natural gas of a billion cubic metres a year negotiated with Azerbaijan will start earlier than planned.

Azerbaijan plans to export 10 billion cubic metres of gas a year to Europe from its Shah Deniz 2 field starting in 2019, and Bulgaria’s state-owned Bulgargaz was one of several European firms to sign contracts with the consortium developing the gas field in September 2013.

Turkey, which would receive a further six billion cubic metres from Shah Deniz, plans to build the Trans-Anatolian Pipeline (TANAP) to ship the gas, which will link at the Turkish-Greek border with the planned Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP). Bulgaria would get its gas by linking up to the Greek gas grid and TAP.

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