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29.10.2014 12:11
Bulgaria Sees Gas System Pressure Drop, Deputy Prime Minister Informed
Deputy PM Ekaterina Zaharieva did not rule out

  • Vice PM Ekaterina Zaharieva
    © Bulgarian Ministry of Regional Development

The pressure in Bulgaria’s gas grid has seen a slight drop in the last few days, Deputy PM Ekaterina Zaharieva informed during a regional energy conference in Sofia, organized by the Bulgarian Energy and Mining Forum (BEMF).

“This winter we are facing again the threat of gas supply disruptions. Currently, the pressure is lower. We only have one pipe bringing gas and a single supplier which puts us at a permanent risk”,

Zaharieva said without ruling out a scenario in which Varna TPP would continue operation after end-2014 in order to compensate for future supply disruptions. The coal-fired power station is bound to be shut down permanently on December 31, as it has not yet undergone a vital modernisation. Nevertheless, the European Commission suggested that Varna TPP could be allowed to function in a derogation mode, if Russian gas supply to Bulgaria is cut off in the upcoming winter.

Bulgarian gas grid operator Bulgartransgaz explained the pressure drop with the start of the heating season and higher gas demand from heating utilities. Kiril Temelkov, CEO of Bulgatransgaz, stated for, that the event is far from being critical and that the country’s system is being balanced by the Chiren gas storage.

TAGS: Bulgaria | gas | energy security | Russia | Varna TPP | CEZ | Bulgarian Energy Holding 

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