The Bulgarian state company Bulgartransgaz has restarted the EUR 1.4 billion tendering procedure for the gas pipeline through Bulgaria, from the Turkish border to Serbia.
Previously, in mid-February, the company announced that it had stopped the procedure “Procurement of the necessary materials and equipment, investment design – detailed design phase, construction and commissioning of project: Expansion of the gas transmission infrastructure of Bulgartransgaz EAD parallel to the north (main) gas pipeline to the Bulgarian-Serbian border” due to a complaint by Atomenergoremont based on the Public Procurement Law.
Bulgartransgaz now announces that bids for construction of the 484-kilometer pipeline to transit mainly Russian gas to the border with Serbia will be accepted until March 6, AP reports.
Last year, Bulgaria adopted a new energy strategy that includes plans for a pipeline that could be linked to Gazprom’s Turk Stream project. Its two pipelines are designed to carry 15.7 billion cubic meters of gas across the Black Sea and would allow Russian gas deliveries to Europe to bypass Ukraine, the traditional transit gas route to the West.
Energy issues will be discussed during next week’s visit by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.