April 2019, Vol. 246, No. 4


Russia’s TMK Eyes Gas Pipeline Construction in Bulgaria

Russian oil and gas pipe-maker TMK expressed interest in bidding for the construction of a gas pipeline in Bulgaria, as Sofia looks to secure a link with the Moscow-designed TurkStream gas pipeline, according to Reuters. TurkStream, which traverses the Black Sea from Russia to Turkey, is part of Russia’s efforts to bypass its political foe Ukraine, a key route for lucrative Russian gas exports to Europe. The first line of TurkStream, with a capacity of 556.2 Bcf (15.75 Bcm) per year, will feed Turkey’s local market. Another line with a similar volume is mooted for customers in southeastern Europe. Bulgaria sees that line, from Turkey to Serbia, as part of its plan to set up a regional gas

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