There is currently no official information from the Russian side that the second pipeline of the Turkish Stream gas pipeline will pass through Bulgaria, Serbia, Hungary and Slovakia. This was made clear by a statement by Deputy Energy Minister Krasimir Parvanov on the occasion of the publication of the Russian newspaper Kommersant.
"Turkish flow" consists of two pipes with a capacity of 15 billion cubic meters of gas. One pipe is for the Republic of Turkey. The dilemma was the other pipe – whether it will pass through Bulgaria or will pass through Greece. Gazprom colleagues have told the Russian media that they have made their decision – the pipeline will pass through Bulgaria. We are expecting to officially receive a letter from Gazprom about their decision at the Ministry of Energy, "Parvanov said.
"Kommersant": The Turkish Stream route will pass through Bulgaria
Currently Bulgaria is not officially notified by the Russian side that the second pipeline of the Turkish Stream gas pipeline will pass through our territory. This was reported by the Bulgarian National Radio (BNR) by the press center of the Energy Ministry in a commentary on the Kommersant newspaper's announcement that "Gazprom" has finally determined the route of the second pipe of the Turkish Stream gas pipeline and it will pass through Bulgaria, Serbia, Hungary and Slovakia. The other option for the continuation of the route was through Greece.
After Borisov's meeting with Putin in May: Bulgaria joined the Turkish Stream project
Discussions on the topic are being held periodically and the issue was also discussed during the visit of Prime Minister Boyko Borisov to Moscow in spring, reminded the Bulgarian Ministry of Energy. From the materials published by the four countries in the framework of the procedure for reserving future capacities, published in the period October-November, it follows that the Turkish Stream route will pass through their territories.
The Turkish Stream route through Bulgaria repeats the land route of the unplanned South Stream gas pipeline project, notes Kommersant.
"Nezavisimaya Gazeta" predicts: "Turkish flow" will inevitably become Bulgarian
The head of the Russian National Institute of Energy, Sergei Pravosudov, told the newspaper "Romania Libera" that the first pipe will reach directly Turkey and will be connected to the gas pipelines that exist in the country and will start the second line. "The only problem is the lack of a connection between Bulgaria and Serbia, but it will be built. Once this is done, the gas will be transported from Serbia to Hungary and then to Austria," explains Pravosudov.