Natural Gas Europe: Bulgaria Halts Construction of South Stream Pipeline

Facing increasing criticism from European Union, Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski has ordered to a halt to the construction of the Bulgarian section of South Stream Gas Pipeline.

“I have ordered all work to be stopped. We will decide on further developments following consultations with Brussels,” Mr. Oresharski said after a meeting with U.S. senators, quoted by Agence France Presse.

South Stream Pipeline project strongly backed by Gazprom, Russia’s state-owned natural gas exporter. The pipeline project has planned to by-pass Ukraine for European gas delivery, as a back-up route for shipment.

Last Tuesday, European Commission asked Bulgaria to suspend its work on the pipeline, amid suspicions that contracts for the project have been awarded in violation of the bloc’s laws.

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Souurce: Natural Gas Europe, 2014

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