The Executive Director of Bulgaria’s gas transmission system operator Bulgartransgaz Vladimir Malinov announced that the implementation of the liquified natural gas (LNG) terminal project near Alexandroupolis, Greece is on schedule.
“We expect the first deliveries as early as January 2024,” he said during his speech at the Bulgarian-Korean Energy Forum. “The offshore pipe laying is envisaged to be completed by the end of July”.
Mr Malinov recalled the steps taken by the Bulgarian gas transmission operator to overcome the energy dependence on only one source – Russia, for example, in 2016, the first interconnection agreement was signed between Bulgartransgaz and the Greek transmission system operator DESFA, enabling gas flow transportation from Greece to Bulgaria through IP Kulata/Sidirokastro, with capacity being gradually increased.
“Thanks to this, in 2019, our country received the first supplies of liquefied natural gas from the USA and as of January 2021, significant quantities were delivered from Azerbaijan,” he said. “These are examples of actually achieved diversification – the most important tool for maintaining a high level of security of supply.”