Bulgaria: Sofia is ready to receive additional gas volumes from Azerbaijan and organize its transportation to Romania, Hungary, and Slovakia, Bulgarian President Rumen Radev said.
« From the first day of commissioning the interconnector between Greece and Bulgaria ( since October 1, 2022 – IF), everything has been working perfectly and without problems. We are happy to buy gas in Azerbaijan. You know that we are willing to go further.
You are familiar with our initiative, » Ring of solidarity. » But, of course, Azerbaijan is the main factor. We are willing to haul extra volumes of Azerbaijani gas by combining the capabilities and efforts of gas pipeline operators in Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, and Slovakia. Now the decision is yours, » he said at a meeting with the President in Baku on Saturday Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev.
According to him, on February 1, 2023, work began constructing an interconnector between Bulgaria and Serbia.
« So you can see that opportunities are increasing almost every month, » Radev said. We are pleased to work with you as a strategic partner and ally in this very important area, ensuring diversification and supply security.
The President of Bulgaria stressed that it is planned to open an office of SOCAR ( State Oil Company of Azerbaijan – IF ) in Sofia in May. Thank you again for upholding your assurance and opening the SOCAR office in Sofia. I am looking forward to attending the opening ceremony in May. It will indeed be a very good step forward, » Radev added.
In a previous post, Belgrade expects to start purchasing Azerbaijani gas in early 2024, Serbian Mining and Energy Minister Dubravka Djedovic said.
« Serbia became more involved in the Southern Gas Corridor project at a later stage, but we are rapidly working to become part of this route. This will allow us to diversify our gas supply sources and make them more secure, » Djedovic said at the ministerial meeting within the framework of the advisory council on the Southern Gas Corridor (SGC) in Baku.
The website of the Serbian Mining Ministry quotes her statement.