The first two liquefied gas tankers in the US for Bulgaria will arrive in June, and the cost of gas will be lower than the price of Gazprom. This was announced on Wednesday evening, immediately after the return from the United States, by the Bulgarian Prime Minister Kiril Petkov. His statement was broadcast on Bulgarian National Television.
“It was a fruitful visit, we also talked about the gas supply. The first gas tanks will arrive in June, which will be at a slightly lower price than the cost of gas from Gazprom. We have started negotiations for a long-term contract, and the cost of gas will be even lower. I will not name an exact price yet. The delivery route is specified. The gas is likely to pass through terminals in Greece or Turkey. Bulgargaz will enter into a supply agreement with an American company; there will be no intermediaries “, said the prime minister.
“The real price we agreed on is below the market price and below the Gazprom price. This is very important, because we want to have the lowest prices so that our business has good competitive opportunities “, added Petkov.
“The official agreement on the first supply of liquefied gas will be signed in the next few days, and the preparation of a long-term agreement will take longer,” the prime minister said, adding that work is also underway to deliver the gas. from Azerbaijan.
Earlier, Bulgarian President Rumen Radev commented on the news about the supply of liquefied gas from the United States, stressing that any attempt to diversify the country’s gas supply should be welcomed. “Every experience of energy diversification should be sustained, but I cannot comment on this agreement without having exact parameters,” Radev said. “It is very important for the government to look for the most favorable conditions for Bulgaria, it is not only about the price, but also about the sustainability of the supplies, so that Bulgarian businesses and other consumers can predict their costs.”
On April 27, Gazprom announced that it had completely suspended fuel deliveries to the Bulgarian company Bulgargaz and the Polish company PGNiG due to non-payment in rubles on time. On March 23, Russian President Vladimir Putin instructed that payments for Russian gas exports to unfriendly countries be made in rubles. He said Russia would refuse to accept payments under such contracts in compromised currencies, including dollars and euros.
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