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21.10.2015 11:29
Bulgaria Launched Chiren Natural Gas Storage Modernisation
The expansion is expected to nearly double the capacity of the storage from 550 m cub. m to 1 bn cub. m of gas
AUTHOR: Lyudmila Zlateva

  • © Bulgarian Ministry of Energy

  • © Bulgarian Ministry of Energy

Bulgaria started an essential upgrade project at its sole natural gas storage at Chiren, near Vratsa in the Northwest. The first drilling pit of the E-72 drilling was inaugurated officially on Tuesday, with another drilling to start in spring, 2016. Energy Minister Temenuzhka Petkova, Geogi Gegov, CEO of the state-owned Bulgartransgaz and representatives of the local business and institutions were present at the official launching ceremony.

The aim of the new BGN 10.4 million-drilling (about EUR 5.2 m) is to expand the ability to compress and extract natural gas from the storage. When the drilling is complete, the daily maximum gas production rate will go up from 4.2 m cub. m to 5 m cub m. The Chiren gas staorage currently has 22 operating drillings, Valeri Petrov who heads the storing activities department at Chiren told journalists.

The entire Chiren modernisation and expansion project is expected to cost EUR 230 million. Gas grid operator Bulgartransgaz has received EUR 3.9 m for the 3D seismic studies of the Chiren terrain from the Connecting Europe Facility. The expansion is expected to nearly double the capacity of the storage from 550 m cub. m to 1 bn cub. m of gas. An upgrade of the country's north gas transport ring is also among Bulgartransgaz's priorities, Valeri Petrov said.

TAGS: Bulgaria | natural gas | storage | gas storage | Chiren | Connecting Europe Facility | Bulgartransgaz 

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