Danube's harsh soil delay Bulgaria-Romania pipeline
Thursday, March 06, 2014
SOFIA, Bulgaria - The construction of a natural gas pipeline that will connect the Bulgarian and Romanian gas grids has been delayed due to difficulties under the Danube River.
Officials from the Bulgarian Ministry of Economy and Energy announced on Thursday that the construction of the Giurgiu-Ruse pipeline was due to be completed in March. However, difficult conditions related to the geological characteristics of the underside of the Danube are causing delays. Officials stated that the hard soil under the river prevents normal drilling.
Bulgaria is seeking to diversify its natural gas supply to reduce their dependence on Russian natural gas. Nearly 90 percent of Bulgaria’s natural gas imports come from Russia. With the Giurgiu-Ruse pipeline, Bulgaria aims to import natural gas from Romania.
The construction of the pipeline started in 2012 and is estimated to be worth nearly 27 million euros. The pipeline’s capacity will be 1.5 billion cubic meters upon completion and it is the first interconnection between the national gas grids of Bulgaria and Romania.
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