Bulgaria says detailed plan of Serbia gas interconnector ready

Bulgaria’s Energy Ministry said on December 28 that it has completed the first stage of preparations to build the gas interconnector with Serbia, which it hopes to complete by the end of 2018.

The ministry said that it has drafted the detailed site development plan, which has already been approved by an expert council of the Regional Development Ministry, and the technical project proposal, as well as completing the archaeological surveys along the 60km route on Bulgarian territory and the initial assessment of properties that will have to be bought by the state.

So far, Bulgaria has spent only 3.5 million leva, or about 1.8 million euro, on preparatory work, with the total costs to design and build the pipeline estimated at 92.6 million leva (or 47.3 million euro).

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