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05.09.2017 15:38
Bulgarian, Romanian TSOs Discuss Agreement on Emergency Assistance for Power Grids
The Romanian state has expressed interest in delivering natural gas from its offshore gas blocks to the Bulgarian gas transmission system

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The Bulgarian and the Romanian electricity transmission system operators are discussing an agreement for mutual provision of emergency assistance in order to guarantee the security of the two countries’ power systems. The news was announced after a meeting of Bulgarian energy minister Temenuzjka Petkova and her Romanian counterpart Toma-Florin Petcu. The two talked about the upcoming EU presidency of Bulgaria and Romania.

Energy sector partnership was also on the meeting’s agenda.

As announced in May of this year, Sofia and Bucharest are expected to start negotiating a market coupling of the Independent Bulgarian Energy Exchange (IBEX) with Romania in the first quarter of 2018.

Natural gas connectivity was also discussed. Minister Petcu affirmed that Podisor compressing station should be completed in the end of the year which would allow for the Bulgaria-Romania gas interconnector to become fully functional.

The two ministers also discussed offshore gas production developments in the Black Sea. The Romanian state has expressed interest in delivering natural gas from its offshore gas blocks to the Bulgarian gas transmission system, the Bulgarian energy ministry further said in its statement.

TAGS: Bulgaria | Romania | power | electricity | market coupling | natural gas | offshore gas | Black Sea | TSOs | IBEX | Independent Bulgarian Energy Exchange 

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