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29.11.2017 17:56
Bulgartransgaz starts a feasibility study for a new gas pipeline between Bulgarian borders with Turkey and Serbia
It is expected to be operational in the early 2020

  • The new pipeline will go through CS Provadia before reaching Zaječar.

Bulgartransgaz starts a feasibility study for a new gas pipeline between Bulgarian borders with Turkey and Serbia. The starting point of the new pipe is set to be immediately close to the existing connection between the Bulgatransgaz’s and Turkish operator BOTAS’s gas transmission network. The pipeline then would continue until It reaches Compressor Station Provadia (CS Provadia) as a part of the existing infrastructure (see the picture) and from there it would go near Zaječar on the border between Bulgaria and Serbia where would be its exit point. Commercial exploitation of the new gas pipeline is expected to begin on January 1 2020.

The feasibility study is probably connected to Gazprom’s plans to stop the gas transit through Ukraine and redirect it through Turkish Stream as well as to Bulgaria’s intentions to build a gas hub, which should be built near Provadia.

The pipeline is set to go through 14 provinces – Yambol, Burgas, Stara Zagora, Varna, Shumen, Targovishte, Razgrad, Ruse, Veliko Tarnovo, Pleven, Lovech, Vratsa, Montana and Vidin.

For its construction, the first phase of the Open Season procedure (non-binding applications) has even been conducted. The results from it have shown that the maximum quantity of natural gas which is expected to enter Bulgarian territory is 54.6 million cubic metres per day (the capacity is 17.936 billion cubic metres annualy). 34.4 million cubic metres per day are expected to reach the border between Bulgaria and Serbia. The starting year of transmission is set out to be the gas year 2019/2020 (a gas year starts on October 1).

TAGS: Bulgartransgaz | new gas pipeline | borders | Turkey | Serbia | compressor station | Provadia | Gazprom | supply | Ukraine | natural gas | Turkish Stream 

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