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17.10.2016 15:24
Shell Drillship Already in Varna (Delyan Dobrev)
He cited offshore blocks Han Asparuh and Silistar as being “the true alternative” for Bulgaria

  • Location of Silistar block
    © Bulgarian Ministry of Energy

The vessel hired by oil giant Shell to look for oil and gas in the Bulgarian Black Sea block Silistar has already reached the port of Varna, ex-energy minister and chairman of the energy commission in the Bulgarian parliament Delyan Dobrev said in an interview for Dobrev said that 3D seismic tests are to kick off soon.

He dismissed public comments by geologists about lack of natural gas in the Han Asparuh block, which was tendered to French Total.

“If there was nothing at the drilling site, it would have been made clear. Data is currently being analised, so that they [Total] can tell us what they have found”, he said.

Dobrev stressed that building large gas transit infrastructure is associated with a long return on investment period and rather low incomes, compared to the possibility for local gas production from the Black Sea.

“I do not see why we should concentrate so much on becoming a gas distribution centre and build any gas transit infrastructure whatsoever”, Dobrev said.

He cited offshore blocks Han Asparuh and Silistar as being “the true alternative” for Bulgaria.

TAGS: Bulgaria | oil | natural gas | energy | Shell | Total | drillship | 3D | seismics | Black Sea | offshore 

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