Bulgaria says Turkey, Greece to supply it with gas

Bulgaria said Turkey had proposed to provide Bulgaria with 500,000 cubic metres per day.

Bulgaria says Turkey, Greece to supply it with gas
Bulgaria, badly affected by a Kiev-Moscow dispute that has interrupted gas flows, has agreed gas supplies of about 2 million cubic metres a day from neighbouring Greece, the government said on Saturday.

Bulgarian Prime Minister Sergei Stanishev agreed the deal in a telephone conversation with his Greek counterpart Costas Karamanlis, who had assured him there were no technical obstacles for the gas to flow to Bulgaria in coming days.

"An unanimity has been reached that this (the deliveries) can happen in the next days," a government statement said.

Sofia, almost fully dependent on Russian gas, has been left without any deliveries since last Tuesday as a result of Moscow's dispute with Ukraine, through which Russian gas exports flow.

The government has been under pressure to secure alternative supplies as its stocks are running out, dozens of factories have shut and popular anger is mounting.

Sofia is now covering about a third of its daily gas needs with 4.2 million cubic metres a day from its sole storage facility.

In a separate statement, the economy ministry said these gas deliveries would fall to 4.0 million cubic metres from Monday and it would have to further ration them if additional supplies were not ensured.

The ministry said Turkey had proposed to provide Bulgaria with 500,000 cubic metres per day, but that the details of a deal had yet to be agreed.

Reuters
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