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Bulgaria and Romania open new pipeline

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In attempt to reduce the dependence on Russian natural gas, Bulgaria and Romania opened a new gas pipeline on Friday 11 November.

Bulgaria’s Prime Minister, Boiko Borissov, opened the ceremony with Romania, stating: “We can achieve a lot with our friends and neighbours from Romania … they are starting operations from today.”

Originally, Gazprom’s South Stream pipeline would have transported natural gas to Bulgaria and Central Europe via the Black Sea. However, the project was cancelled in 2014 due to conflict with the European Union.

The 25 km interconnector natural gas pipeline will run beneath the Danube River, and can be operated in either direction. In turn, this allows European gas to be imported to Bulgaria, as opposed to Russian gas.

The pipeline can hold a maximum of 1.5 billion m3/y of natural gas from Bulgaria to Romania. And the capacity of gas flowing in the other direction is 500 million m3/y.

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