Bulgaria rejects Russian gas and will reduce the transit through Ukraine

 Болгария отказывается от российского газа и сократит транзит через Украину

Starting in 2020, Bulgaria is planning to cover 30% of its needs in natural gas supplies from Azerbaijan. This will reduce the consumption of Russian gas and its transit to Bulgaria through the territory of Ukraine.

As reported Иnterfax.az, energy Minister of Bulgaria Temenujka Petkova announced the country concluded the contract with company of Azerbaijan (SOCAR) to supply 1 billion cubic meters of gas in 2020. Gas will be supplied from the field “Shah Deniz II” transit through the territory of Greece.

Currently Bulgaria is almost entirely dependent on Russian gas transported through the Ukrainian gas transportation system and the territory of Romania. To reduce this dependence Bulgaria plans to purchase liquefied natural gas from terminals in Turkey and Greece, and developing its own production in the Black sea. A similar strategy also holds Poland.