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27.07.2017 13:59
The EC Reportedly Agreed to Russian Gas in Planned Balkan Gas Hub
In a letter to Bulgarian energy minister commissionaire Canete reportedly said a South Stream restart should be regarded together with other projects for gas infrastructure expansion

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The European Commission (EC) has reportedly acquiesced to allowing Russian gas to the planned Balkan gas hub near Varna, Bulgaria. Bulgarian newspaper 24 Chasa reported that it had seen a copy of a letter from energy and climate commissionaire Miguel Arias Canete to Bulgarian energy minister Temeuzhka Petkova in which Canete wrote that “the Commission continues to support the concept of the Balkan gas distribution center”.

Reportedly the letter further said that the potential for supply diversification of the Balkan gas hub also included the possibility for “Russian gas to be transported to and traded in Bulgaria in compliance with internal gas market rules”, along with gas from other sources.

24 Chasa went on to precise that the letter from commissionaire Canete came as a response to a question posed by the Bulgarian side regarding a possible rekindling of the cancelled South Stream gas pipeline project and other direct routes for Russian gas to Bulgaria.

Canete’s reply stipulated that a South Stream restart should be regarded together with other projects for gas infrastructure expansion.

TAGS: Bulgaria | South Stream | gas | natural gas | energy | Russia | Balkan gas hub | infrastructure | Miguel Arias Canete 

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