Russia has already started supplying natural gas to Bulgaria and the west of Turkey through the TurkStream pipeline, which will officially become operational on January 8, reports the association of Europe's transmission system operators.
Strandja 2 — Malkoclar exit point at the border between Turkey and Bulgaria has been carrying 20–25 million cubic meters per day since the beginning of the year. At the same time, approximately half of this gas returns to Turkey through the Strandja — Malkoclar exit point. Previously, Bulgaria received Russian gas through Ukraine, Moldova, and Romania via the Trans-Balkan gas pipeline. Bulgartransgaz already announced that they would no longer use the old route starting from January 1.
The Bulgarian gas distributor Bulgargaz EAD and Gazprom Export LLC agreed upon the change of the gas exit point.
Bulgargaz expects to save about $46 million: in transit through Romania and due to the shorter transportation distance inside the country. Five percent decrease in natural gas prices on an annual basis would help to lower the fees for the Bulgarian consumers. Also, the company plans to hold negotiations with the Russian partner of the gas price decrease.
Earlier, NEWS.ru reported that Bulgaria is ready to ensure the transit of the Russian gas.