Several days after the visit of Prime Minister Kiril Petkov to Washington, the real news came in - Bulgaria will start receiving supplies of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the USA. The government's press service announced this after the meeting between Mr Petkov and US Vice President Kamala Harris.
Bulgaria to receive LNG
Mr Petkov and Ms Harris discussed the strategic partnership between Sofia and Washington and the possibilities for deepening bilateral cooperation. The despatch of imports of LNG to Bulgaria from June at prices below those of Gazprom was agreed during the meeting.
According to Capital Weekly, the gas will flow via direct deals between the state-owned Bulgargaz and American LNG producers, at the prices of the American Henry Hub. If such an agreement is reached, there could be a real possibility of significantly lower gas prices.
Drivers protest over fears of unpaid wages
Sofia's public transport drivers will also take part in the forthcoming carriers' protest, announced for May 18th. This emerged today after the management of the trade union "Podkrepa" met representatives of the transport companies in the capital, BNT reported.
Drivers are worried that they will not receive their wages for June and subsequent months following news that carriers have demanded a reduction in fuel excise duties and a postponement of the planned expansion of the toll system. The municipal transport company (Urban Mobility Centre) has a shortfall of 144 million levs in its budget. Sofia mayor Yordanka Fandakova has demanded help from the state and threatened to halt public transport if money is not made available.
Commission will inspect Bulgargaz' prices and deliveries
A temporary commission that will check on the suspension of Gazprom's supplies to Bulgaria will be established, Parliament decided today. The commission will also inspect the state-owned Bulgargaz' procedures and contracts with alternative suppliers. The idea to establish such a commission, proposed by GERB, received 202 votes in favor.