Greece and Northern Macedonia began to receive Russian gas via the Turkish Stream pipeline, said Vladimir Malinov, head of Bulgartransgaz, on BNR radio.
On January 1, gas deliveries also began to Bulgaria. According to preliminary estimates, this will allow Sofia to save about 40 million euros.
As Malinov noted, the new “Strandja 2” point is used on the border with Turkey.
According to him, at the beginning of the year, the capacities of the Trans-Balkan gas pipeline, which was replaced by the Turkish Stream, were not involved. Moreover, Malinov emphasized, the Bulgarian authorities can, if necessary, also use the potential of this gas pipeline.
The project provides for the construction of two pipelines. The first will ensure the supply of blue fuel to Turkey, the second to southern and southeastern Europe.
In November, Gazprom filled both lines with fuel. The official launch of the pipeline is scheduled for January 8.