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Bulgaria’s gas hub: breakthrough or illusion?

Bulgaria’s plans to promote itself as a Balkan gas hub have been shaken by the resurgence of the Turkish Stream pipeline Bulgaria’s plans to promote itself as a Balkan gas hub have been shaken by the resurgence of the Turkish Stream pipeline.
By Dariusz Kalan 27 October 2016 Europe & Russia / Pipelines, Storage & Power 0 22565
Location of proposed pipelines and interconnectors in the Balkans.

Progress on the Turkish Stream pipeline in recent months has put Bulgaria’s plan to develop a Balkan gas hub – the flagship project of Prime Minister Boiko Borisov’s government – in jeopardy.

Despite confirmation that first deliveries of gas from Azerbaijan’s Shah Deniz 2 project will arrive in Bulgaria in 2020, this month’s agreement between Russia and Turkey to go ahead with Turkish Stream – which would bypass Bulgaria and transit gas through Greece and the Western Balkans – has put Sofia on...