A working meeting between Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, and Temenuzhka Petkova, Minister of Energy of the Republic of Bulgaria, took place in Moscow today.
The meeting addressed, inter alia, the prospects of Russian gas supplies to Europe via TurkStream. Alexey Miller informed Temenuzhka Petkova of the timely completion of pipelaying for the offshore section of the gas pipeline’s first string. It was noted that TurkStream was key to improving the reliability of gas exports to Europe. Temenuzhka Petkova, in turn, spoke about the current state of, and the development plans for, the Bulgarian gas transmission system.
In 2017, Gazprom's gas exports to Bulgaria totaled 3.3 billion cubic meters, an increase of 4.7 per cent from 2016 (3.2 billion cubic meters).
TurkStream is the project for a gas pipeline stretching across the Black Sea from Russia to Turkey and further to Turkey's border with neighboring countries. The first string of TurkStream is intended for Turkish consumers, while the second string will deliver gas to southern and southeastern Europe. Each string will have the throughput capacity of 15.75 billion cubic meters of gas per year. South Stream Transport B.V., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Gazprom, is responsible for the construction of the gas pipeline's offshore section, which commenced on May 7, 2017.