Sofia, November 8 - Neftegaz.RU. Bulgaria plans to cover about 30 % of its gas needs beyond 2020 with natural gas from Azerbaijan, reducing its almost total dependence on Russian gas, said Energy Minister Temenuzhka Petkova, Reuters reported.
The Balkan country has a contract with Azeri state company SOCAR to import 1 billion m3 (bcm) of gas a year from the Shah Deniz II field.
«The contract between Bulgargaz and SOCAR for the supply of 1 bcm from Shah Deniz II from 2020 is key for our energy priorities,» Petkova said at the opening of a meeting of a Bulgarian-Azeri economic commission in Sofia. «These supplies will meet about 30 % of Bulgarian consumption, which is a major share and will significantly increase the country’s energy security.»
The proposed Azeri gas imports are expected to come through the IGB gas interconnector pipeline between Bulgaria and Greece, which is expected to become operational at the end of 2020.