Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borissov opened at a ceremony on November 11 the gas interconnector pipeline with Romania, describing it as a key step towards diversification of gas supply sources and strengthening Bulgaria’s energy security.
This is the first of three interconnector pipelines Bulgaria plans to build with neighbouring countries, but link-ups with Serbia and Greece have been repeatedly delayed over the year, although Borissov said that he expected the European Commission to approve funding for the pipeline to Serbia as early as next week.
The interconnector with Romania has also been delayed repeatedly over the years, mainly because of the geological conditions and difficulties of building the 2.1km stretch under the Danube River. Borissov also blamed the government of his predecessor in office, Plamen Oresharski, for the poor quality of construction.
Initially scheduled to be completed by the end of 2014, the interconnector with Romania is 25km long, including 15.4km in Bulgaria and 7.5km on Romanian soil. It cost 24 million euro to build, including nine million euro allocated by the European Commission.
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