Deliveries agreed for a period of 25 years
Bulgaria will receive Azerbaijani gas through the IGB interconnector under construction, connected to the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP). This was announced by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan Ceyhun Bayramov, tv8.md reports at the end of the week.
According to local media, the deliveries have been agreed for a period of 25 years. The launch of the IGB is scheduled for July.
Earlier, Bulgarian Prime Minister Kirill Petkov said that Sofia expects to start receiving Azerbaijani gas in full from July 1.
In April, the Russian concern Gazprom completely suspended gas supplies to Bulgaria and Poland due to a refusal to pay for supplies in rubles. In response, Sofia said it would reconsider all contracts with Gazprom, including the transit of Russian gas to Serbia and Hungary.
“Gazprom has completely suspended gas supplies to Bulgargaz (Bulgaria) and PGNiG (Poland) due to non-payment in rubles,” the statement said.
The press service noted that as of the end of the working day on April 26, Gazprom Export had not received payments for gas supplies in April from Polish and Bulgarian companies in rubles, as required by the Russian presidential decree of March 31.
They pointed out that the counterparties were informed in a timely manner about the need to pay for the supplied gas in rubles.
Gazprom also warned that in the event of unauthorized withdrawal of Russian gas from transit volumes to third countries, transit supplies would be reduced by that amount. They promised to resume gas transit there at the time of the new payment.