In the development of its core business activities - natural gas transmission, transit transmission and storage Bulgartransgaz EAD is guided by the long-term vision and strict planning supporting the sustainable development of the whole sector in the country, the region and Europe.
In compliance with Directive (EC) 73/2009 Regulation (EC) 715/2009, in 2012 the Company prepared its first Ten-year network development plan for the period 2013-2022. The document presents the investments planned in short-term (three-year) and long-term (ten-year) period, a schedule for implementation of investment projects and forecasts for utilization of the gas infrastructure capacity. The national Ten-year plans developed by the transmission system operators are part of the Regional Development Plan of the common European gas transmission network.
The investments planned and the long term planning of Bulgartransgaz EAD activities are directly related to the provision of safe and efficiently developing gas infrastructure. This is Bulgartransgaz EAD basic obligation and responsibility and a guarantee for the reliability and quality of the natural gas transmission and storage services in the country.
In 2014 Bulgartransgaz EAD implemented Occupational Health and Safety Management System which was certified for compliance with the standard BS OHSAS 18001:2007. In 2020 the management system migrated and received recertification for compliance with the requirements of the standard ISO 45001:2018.
The Company is in the process of implementation of the project for modernization and rehabilitation of the existing network aimed at improving the efficiency and reliability of the transmission system, and provision of technical capability for ensuring sufficient capacity and conditions for transmission of alternative quantities through the country by the planned new interconnections with Romania, Greece, Turkey and Serbia, as well as the connection of Bulgartransgaz EAD gas transmission network to the cross-border projects.
The care for ensuring environmental protection according to EU directives and the national legislation is one of Bulgartransgaz EAD priority tasks. In this context one of the main objectives of the modernization of the Company gas transmission system is reduction of the harmful air pollutant emissions.
Human resources development
Bulgartransgaz EAD pays special attention to human resources policies. Employees' specialized knowledge and experience and their motivation are key factors determining the Company long-term and successful operation. As a contemporary company Bulgartransgaz EAD provides its employees with opportunities for continuous improvement of qualification, education and practical skills expansion.
Bulgartransgaz EAD actively collaborates with universities whose academic profile corresponds to the Company activities. The opportunity for traineeships and subsequent employability of students is a traditional and long-standing practice that has proven its efficiency. Company experts share their practical experience at forums and lectures, but also as mentors to students preparing specializations.
In the beginning of 2021 Bulgartransgaz EAD implemented Information Security Management System (ISMS). In June 2021 the ISMS received certification for its compliance with the requirements of the standard ISO/IEC 27001:2013. The implementation and certification of the ISMS were accomplished as part of the activities subject to a Grant Agreement co-financed by the Connecting Europe Facility of the European Union.