Balkan Stream enters its final phase
Implementation of the project will turn Bulgaria into a regional strategic gas distribution centre and will guarantee diversification of natural gas suppliesEuropost , Sofia
With the implementation of Balkan Stream, Bulgaria turns into a regional strategic gas distribution centre and guarantees diversification of natural gas supplies. The project is entering its final phase. This was posted by Prime Minister Boyko Borissov on Facebook. Before that, he inspected the construction site of Balkan Stream from air, via a government helicopter.
He was accompanied by the Saudi Arabia's Deputy Energy Minister Aabed Abdullah al-Saadoun. On board with them were representatives of the project contractor Arkad, which is building the pipeline, Bulgartransgaz CEO Vladimir Malinov, as well as the Minister of Energy Temenuzhka Petkova.
Prime Minister Boyko Borissov announced in their presence that there are over 1,400 pieces of heavy construction machinery along the 480 km route. Most of the pipes are underground, and the field workers are over 2000. To make it clear, the Prime Minister had even taken out a map of the route from where the pipe passes.
He explained that they had left the farmers to do the harvesting. "Welds are finished everywhere, along the entire route. You can see what a huge facility it is, where we will be able to transport Azeri gas, liquefied gas, Russian gas, etc.," the Prime Minister added.
Borissov reminded that we have 20% of the liquefied gas terminal in Alexandroupolis, and we will have a gas storage facility in Chiren. The Prime Minister explained to the diplomats that Bulgaria is a very beautiful country and has a great potential. He praised the new highways and railways. Along the route of the gas pipeline, wheat was planted everywhere, he explained, specifying that after the construction is finished, the field will be used again.
Balkan Stream is an impressive project, commented the Saudi Arabia's Deputy Energy Minister Aabed Abdullah al-Saadoun adding: "This is a very important step for the cooperation between Bulgaria and Saudi Arabia." He explained that they would continue to support the Saudi company Arkad, which is building the project, in order for it to be completed on time. "It is a great honour for us to be in Bulgaria and to celebrate the 90th National holiday of Saudi Arabia in your country," the representative of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia told Borissov.
"Thank you very much for your words, now we can dispel a lie that a Russian company stays behind Arkad," Borissov replied.