The Bulgaria-Hungary gas pipeline (interconnector) passing through Serbia with gas from the Turkish Stream will ensure energy stability of Serbia despite external pressure, said Ivica Dačić, speaker of the parliament and former foreign minister.
On Friday morning, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic took part in the official launch of Russian gas into the Serbian gas transportation system via Bulgaria from the Turkish Stream pipeline. The event, attended by Russian Ambassador Alexander Botsan-Kharchenko and Dušan Bajatović, director of state company Srbijagas, took place in the village of Gospodžinci, in the north of the country, where one of the gas pipeline distribution centers and a gas metering station are located. Vucic confirmed the gas purchase price of $155 per thousand cubic meters and pointed to the importance of the project for the development of the Serbian economy.
“Many have pressured us not to take gas from Russia. But this is the only option for us. The other option is a liquefied gas, but the price is much higher than normal,” the former foreign minister said on TV Prva.
According to him, there are no political reasons for buying more expensive gas, to the detriment of citizens and the economy.
“Now this (gas pipeline) is energy stability for Serbia. Remember when Ukraine had problems with gas, and then this was the only direction from where we received gas, and then there were restrictions, which means less gas for the economy, citizens, businesses,” Dacic pointed out.
According to him, the launch of Russian gas was a historic moment, “which was worked on for a decade.
The Gastrans operator told RIA Novosti that on the first stage the gas pipeline will transport around 4 billion cubic meters of gas annually which will completely cover the demand of Serbia for natural gas. By the fourth quarter of 2021, once the pipeline is connected to the Hungarian gas transmission system, the capacity of the pipeline will be 12.87 billion cubic meters of gas per year.
At the end of December 2019, the laying of pipes of the Serbian continuation of the pipeline on all 402 kilometers from the Bulgarian border to Hungary was completed. “Turkish Stream” is an export pipeline from Russia to Turkey through the Black Sea. Its design capacity is 31.5 billion cubic meters of gas per year. Commercial deliveries through the pipeline started on January 1, 2020.