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04.01.2016 12:13
Bulgarian PM Borisov Saw “Insolence” in the Overgas – Gazprom Situation
The Bulgarian PM stressed that the Russian side has expressed comprehension in the light of the extraordinary events

  • Bulgarian PM Borisov shows a document said to be proving the nonexistent gas supply orders of Overgas
    © bTV

Bulgarian PM Boiko Borisov saw “insolence” in the situation with unsecured natural gas deliveries to domestic consumers in Bulgaria, which saw gas distribution company Overgas ask state-owned Bulgargaz to take over deliveries at 18.30 EET on December 31, 2015.

Mr. Borisov explained this morning in the studio of bTV, that the government also envisaged using quantities from the Russian transit, if the need had arisen, even though this would have cost Bulgaria and extra 10 percent on the gas price. The Bulgarian PM stressed that the Russian side has expressed comprehension in the light of the extraordinary events. He explained this with the willingness of Moscow to have two pipes with a capacity of 10 bn cub. m each “at the interconnector” (Note from the editor: Mr. Borisov is most likely alluding to the Bulgaria – Romania gas interconnector which is currently under construction).

Returning to the gas supply situation, Bulgaria’s PM said that there could have been a failure in the country’s energy system, should all consumers using gas had switched to electricity for heating.

Mr. Borisov went on to show a paper showing that the gas orders of Overgas to Gazprom were “zero next to a zero”.

“Gazprom warned us through the Bulgarian Energy Holding and Bulgargaz that one of our main distributors, responsible for the households’ supply is not making any orders”, Mr. Borisov stated.

The PM said that his relations with Mr. Sasho Donchev, CEO of Overgas remain “rather good”, despite the critical stance towards the government assumed by newspaper Sega, owned by the latter.

TAGS: Bulgaria | natural gas | Gazprom | Overgas | energy security | security of supply | energy 

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