Bulgaria gas pipe rupture won’t leave Greece dry

Bulgaria gas pipe rupture won’t leave Greece dryGreece has enough energy supplies to cover the country’s needs despite a disruption of Russian gas supplies following a rupture in a pipeline in southwest Bulgaria, Greece’s Ministry of Environment and Energy said on July 27.

Following the accident, Bulgaria, which transports about 3 billion cubic metres of Russian gas to Greece a year, halted the transit of gas to its Balkan neighbour but Greece continued to receive gas from a pipeline link with Turkey and its liquefied natural gas (LNG) reserves at the Revithoussa terminal were high, the Greek ministry in an emailed statement.

“The supply of natural gas to the country from the point of entry of Kipi continues normally, while the liquefied natural gas (LNG) reserves at the Revithousa station are also high,” Greece’s Environment and Energy Ministry said, referring at the Border Metering Station at Kipi, near Evros River.

The Regulatory Authority for Energy (RAE), which is in charge of the security of gas supplies, the Environment and Energy Ministry and Greece’s natural gas transmission system operator DESFA monitor the developments in the energy market and are communicating with Bulgarian authorities to take all necessary measures if needed, the Greek ministry said.

Reuters quoted state gas company Bulgartransgaz CEO Vladimir Malinov as saying there were no casualties in the accident, which damaged part of the pipeline close to the border with Greece but did not cause a fire. He said the company was already working to repair it.

“There was a rupture in the pipeline that was transporting gas under high pressure. The damaged section was automatically sealed off after a drop in pressure was registered,” he said.

The reasons for the accident are yet to be fully investigate, but Malinov said a technical problem was the most likely reason. Meanwhile, Reuters quoted prosecutors as saying in a separate statement an initial survey at the site of did not show signs of human interference.

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