The Bulgarian and Macedonian Transmission System Operators will jointly carry out a feasibility study for the construction of a new gas interconnection between the countries

The Bulgarian transmission system operator Bulgartransgaz EAD and the joint stock company carrying out energy activities Macedonia Energy Resources Skopje, state ownership  “MER AD Skopje“ will jointly carry out a feasibility study for the construction of a new gas interconnection between the Republic of Bulgaria and the Republic of Macedonia. This has been laid down in the agreement signed earlier today by the Executive Directors of the two companies, Mr Georgi Gegov and Mr Blagojche Koteski within the intergovernmental meeting held in Strumica, Republic of Macedonia.

The two companies will cooperate in the study of possibilities to develop a new direct interconnection between the gas systems of the Republic of Bulgaria and the Republic of Macedonia. In line with the reached arrangements one of the routes to be assessed by the feasibility study runs from Petrich to Strumica. The conduct of a preliminary technical and economic study will analyse the technical, market, economic and regulatory aspects of the potential construction of a second interconnection between the countries. The existing and required new infrastructure on the territory of the two countries and the investments required for the realization of the future project will be assessed. The study will account for both the existing infrastructure between Bulgaria and Macedonia, and the development of the projects for the construction of the interconnections Greece-Bulgaria and Turkey-Bulgaria and the Balkan gas distribution hub.

Bulgartransgaz EAD provides the reliable transport of Russian natural gas to the Republic of Macedonia through the gas pipeline Dupnitsa-Skopje for 20 years already. The agreement signed for the feasibility study for a new gas interconnection stems from the Memorandum on cooperation in the field of the natural gas signed between the Bulgarian Ministry of Energy and the Macedonian Ministry of Economy on 1 August 2017 and the meeting of the joint working group held in October.