“Today, April 26, Bulgargaz received a notification that gas supplies from Gazprom Export LLC will be suspended as of April 27, 2022,” the ministry said in a statement.
“An analysis by the Bulgarian state-owned company and Bulgarian Energy Holding (BEH) found that the new two-step payment procedure proposed by the Russian side does not comply with the contract valid until the end of the year and poses significant risks to the Bulgarian side, including making payments without receiving gas from the Russian side “, the communiqué reads. It is also alleged that the Bulgarian side has fully fulfilled its obligations to pay for gas.
It is noted that the Ministry of Energy, BEKH, Bulgargaz and Bulgartransgaz have taken action on alternative agreements on gas supply and problem solving. There are currently no gas restrictions in Bulgaria.
Government spokeswoman Lena Borislavova told BTV that there was no risk to the country’s energy security. “There is no risk to the country’s energy security, we have been preparing for such a scenario for a long time, the prime minister has been notified of what is happening,” she said.
Energy Minister Aleksandar Nikolov is expected to comment on the situation on Wednesday as gas supplies to Bulgaria cease.
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