Bulgaria targets early-2018 to begin construction on Greece gas inter-connector

Bulgaria’s Energy Ministry was drafting the necessary tender documentation to pick a contractor that would build the gas inter-connector pipeline between Greece and Bulgaria, targeting early 2018 for the start of construction, caretaker Energy Minister Nikolai Pavlov said on February 22.

Pavlov’s comments were made during a meeting with his Azeri counterpart Nigat Aliyev in Baku, where the two discussed bilateral relations in the energy sector between Bulgaria and Azerbaijan, the Bulgarian Energy Ministry said in a statement.

Pavlov is in Baku for the ministerial meeting of the Southern Gas Corridor advisory council, which will be held on February 23.

Aliyev re-iterated Azerbaijan’s commitment to deliver one billion cubic metres of natural gas a year, while Pavlov underscored that the inter-connector pipeline to Greece was the key new infrastructure needed for that gas to reach Bulgaria, the statement said.

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