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12.11.2010 10:51
Nabucco made successful talks with Bulgarian local authorities
The pipeline will cross 9 regions in Bulgaria - Yambol, Burgas, Shumen, Targovishte, Pleven, Lovech, Veliko Tarnovo, Ruse and Vratsa

  • Presentation of the Nabucco project in the Bulgarian municipality of Lovech
    © Nabucco Gas Pipeline Bulgaria LTD

The Nabucco project is marking a stable progress with the completion of the 26 consultations with representatives of local administrations in Bulgaria - with the first part of public discussions on the environmental and socio-economic evaluation of the projects. The meetings were organized by the national Nabucco company - Nabucco Gas Pipeline Bulgaria LTD - Sofia. The representative of the consortium Nabucco Gas Pipeline International GmbH - Mr. Christian Dolezal, said that the meetings with local authorities were successful, as they promised full support for the project in Bulgaria. The pipeline which will connect Asia with Europe will ensure diversification and security of supply for Bulgaria as well. The pipeline will cross 9 regional authorities in Bulgaria - Yambol, Burgas, Shumen, Targovishte, Pleven, Lovech, Veliko Tarnovo, Ruse and Vratsa, as well as 24 municipalities or a total of 112 populated places.

“The Nabucco Pipeline is very important and represents a 100% alternative source of natural gas for Bulgaria, which could satisfy the national consumption entirely. It would also connect the local consumers to the Central-European gas hub as well as with other gas markets in Europe and Turkey, with a capacity ready to meet local demand”, Christian Dolezal added.

The Bulgarian part of the pipeline is 412 km long with a diameter of 1.4 meters. The experts from Nabucco note, that the Bulgarian route is selected very carefully in order to bypass all highly populated areas and ecologically fragile zones, as well as cultural heritage zones, but in the same time it uses the shortest route possible with a minimum impact on environment.

Nabucco will get a right of passage for the lands that it needs for the pipeline before construction starts. Before applying for a construction permit, Nabucco will contact personally each of the land-owners. The activities related to the environmental impact assessment have started already.

The message of the Nabucco company in Bulgaria says that this pipeline is marking a significant progress and is the most advanced in terms of schedule among all projects in the Southern Corridor. In September Nabucco received a strong support from financial institutions as well - EBRD, EIB and IFC, which have signed a mandate letter and started a procedure for evaluation of the project. The planned funds from them are 4 billion EUR. The environmental impact assessment has also started in all 5 countries on the route of the pipeline. These steps are adding to the other landmarks of the project - the international signing of the intergovernmental agreement in Ankara in 2009 and the succeeding ratification in all transit countries. Nabucco expects that all transit countries will sign the Project Support Agreement (PSA) before the end of 2010. The start of construction works, including the Bulgarian part of the route, is planned for 2012.

TAGS: Nabucco | pipeline | natural gas | Southern corridor | Christian Dolezal 

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