Bulgargaz opens the door to LNG
The national gas distributor Bulgargaz will announce several tenders for liquefied gas, the first of which, today, are for the required quantities in November and December. The next tender, again for liquefied gas, will be announced for the whole of next year, and it is set aside for the period 2024-2034, when the liquefied gas terminal in Alexandroupolis, in which Bulgaria is a shareholder, is expected to be in commercial operation.
This was announced at a briefing by Energy Minister Rosen Hristov and Denitsa Zlateva, Executive Director of Bulgargaz, signifying a very different policy approach from the caretaker government which had originally renewed negotiations with Gazprom over gas supplies.
Corruption over dams leveled at predecessor
The caretaker minister for Regional Development Ivan Shishkov criticized the previous minister Grozdan Karadjov ( from There is such a People) over his failure to investigate "the largest-scale illegal construction". which the state allowed in the period between 2018 and 2020", namely - the construction of dams.
Karadjov was one of the most controversial figures in the cabinet of Kiril Petkov after he paid infrastructure money to the same companies that were used for construction projects during GERB's government.
Sofia municipality is "neglecting" its gas plant
The inaction of Sofia Municipality is one of the main reasons for the dire condition of Toplofikatsia Sofia- the central heating gas plant of the capital. This conclusion comes from an audit of the Audit Chamber for the period from January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2020. The average age of the facilities is now 36 years, and they were mainly designed and built using technology from the middle of the 20th century. Hence the air is polluted with significant amounts of carbon emissions.
Toplofikatsia is also failing financially, with debts of hundreds millions of leva which the state has to pay due to the company's inability to pay for its gas deliveries.