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Posted: Fri Jan 09, 2009 1:32 pm
by Simonita
"Angry Bulgarians protested in front of the Ukrainian embassy in Sofia on Thursday, holding placards accusing Russia and Ukraine of being "gas terrorists", the Associated Press reports.



http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/7819429.stm

Posted: Fri Jan 09, 2009 10:43 pm
by kazz
There must be a fair amount of coverage of this in the UK.
All three of my siblings have e-mailed me today to find out if we're OK.

Meanwhile in Bg:
Our Bulgarian reporter friends tell us that for the first time ever something horrible has happened to Bulgaria that's not Bulgaria's fault (?!) and that it's been great to see the EU leaping to the defence of the country....they actually got quite emotional and did all sort of hugging mimes to make sure I understood how good it was that the country was being, or at least feeling supported.

Posted: Tue Jan 13, 2009 2:33 am
by eureka
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It appears that the EU monitors are in place in the Ukraine, and that all the Russian/Ukraine "issues" over the resumption of the gas supplies to BG (and onwards) have been resolved.

The EU presidency have said there is now no reason why Russia cannot resume the supply and expects it to be turned back on with immediate effect.

Gazprom, the Russian Natural Gas provider, announced that supplies will be resumed at 8am today (Tues. Jan 13), But they added the subtle proviso, if no other issues come up.


However, according to various estimates it will take about 48 hours from the moment of resumption for the gas to make it's way through the pipeline to Bulgaria.


So. it's still fingers crossed for now.

Posted: Tue Jan 13, 2009 9:59 am
by p3gg
OK, fingers crossed but we'll keep on stockpiling the Kamenitsa just for now...

In our area (VT) -- and I guess this was true of the rest of the country as well -- although domestic supplies got priority and it was the industrial customers who got cut off, Overgas last week suspended the switching on of gas supplies to new domestic customers. We are waiting for a client's apartment to be turned on at the moment, so after going through the whole process of getting everything installed, approved, signed up with the supplier it's an unfortunate final hurdle!

Looking at the Overgas website today, it's saying 17-20 hours from the gas being turned on to it actually reaching us here in Bulgaria, and that the switch-on really did happen at exactly 9am Bulgarian time which was 8am Moscow time as per your posting, Eureka. (The date of the press release says the 12th, curiously. Don't know if that's an error.) "At the normal pressure of 55 bars, the gas travels along the pipeline at a speed of 90 kmph" apparently. So we watch and wait [-o<

Posted: Tue Jan 13, 2009 11:33 am
by loz
From BBC Europe news.

Russian gas giant Gazprom says Kiev has blocked deliveries of gas to Europe, hours after the company resumed some supplies into Ukraine.

Hours earlier, a Gazprom official had ordered a resumption of supplies bound for Balkan countries.

Hundreds of thousands of Europeans are without gas after Russia turned off the taps in a dispute with Ukraine almost a week ago.

Moscow and Kiev are locked in an ongoing dispute over debts and prices.

Posted: Tue Jan 13, 2009 1:07 pm
by Pirol
Guiness wrote:
Pirol wrote:Last news: Gas will come again. Thread can be closed soon.


One truly hopes this thread doesn't get more cynical than that.


O.k. I was too optimistic:

Russia Say Gas Flow to Europe Blocked


13 January 2009, Tuesday

Russian gas monopoly Gazprom has said Kiev blocked deliveries of gas to Europe despite an agreement for restoration of supply.

According to Gazprom deputy head Alexander Medvedev Ukraine had failed to carry the gas westwards, hours after the company resumed supplies across the border, BBC reported.

Ukraine said it could not pump the gas on because of technical issues.

Hundreds of thousands of Europeans remain without gas after Russia turned off the taps in a dispute with Ukraine over debts and pricing almost a week ago.

Posted: Tue Jan 13, 2009 2:33 pm
by Pirol
Pirol wrote:BG media have reported yesterday that:

1. The EC has announced that an opening of Block 3 is out of question
2. BG experts said that it would take up to 5 months until the reactor could work
3. Stanishev has already denied that a plan to open a reactor block exists


BUT:

Bulgaria MPs Consider Reactivation of Units 3, 4 of Kozloduy NPP


13 January 2009, Tuesday

In the next few days the Members of the Bulgarian Parliament (MPs) from the Energy Commission must issue a joined decision about the eventual reactivation of Units 3 and 4 of the Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) "Kozloduy", the Commission reported at the conclusion of their Tuesday meeting.

The MP's reached an agreement that the Units' reactivation could secure the country energy needs in case of future problems with the supply if Russian gas.

The MP's entered in heated arguments regarding the time frame of the reactivation and its duration. The representatives of the ruling Coalition proposed that the Units would be reactivated on a temporary basis and only in case the gas crisis became a significant problem and deepened further.

The opposition, mainly the leader of the nationalist "Ataka" party Volen Siderov, the independent MP Mincho Hristov and Evgeny Zhekov from the Movement "Forward" vehemently opposed the proposition and insisted that the Units would be reactivated immediately and permanently.

The opposition was adamant that the two Units in question were completely safe and complied with the European requirements.

Posted: Tue Jan 13, 2009 9:30 pm
by eureka
Bulgaria MPs Consider Reactivation of Units 3, 4 of Kozloduy NPP


13 January 2009, Tuesday

In the next few days the Members of the Bulgarian Parliament (MPs) from the Energy Commission must issue a joined decision about the eventual reactivation of Units 3 and 4 of the Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) "Kozloduy", the Commission reported at the conclusion of their Tuesday meeting.



The opposition was adamant that the two Units in question were completely safe and complied with the European requirements.
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I'm hoping that this is nothing more than "sabre rattling" and an example of the understandable desperation and frustration of the Bulgarian politicians in face of the present crisis.




As I understand it, Units 3 and 4 were shut down on safety grounds by the EU as a condition of Bulgaria's accession.

So aside of the obvious safety concerns, reactivating these units could have a profound effect on Bulgaria's continued participation in the EU.



The most important thing right now is that the supply of gas is resumed as quickly as possible.


While the political squabbles between Russians and the Ukrainians continue, and it does appear that this has as much to do with political retributions as it does to do with the cost of gas, nonpayment, stealing gas etc., ordinary people in Bulgaria are freezing in sub zero temperatures, factories are closing, workers are being laid off, and in particular the elderly and the more vulnerable are facing the prospect of death from hypothermia.



Hopefully, the EU can continue to bang heads together and prevent Bulgaria, (and the rest of Europe) from being held hostage while this political point scoring goes on and on.



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Posted: Thu Jul 21, 2016 9:14 pm
by troyan
A development in BGs gas supply

BG are and have been looking at alternative gas supplies, and seemingly the USA s promise to personally secure and sort out BGs supply never happened, I think the interconnector with Greece was to link with the Azer and LNG supplies from the USA

Looks like the ominous situation in Turkey and the anti Russian EU stance have now made way it seems for gas through Georgia from Iran and on to Varna

Where theres a will theres a way

http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article ... 07-11-2016

Posted: Sun Sep 04, 2016 12:09 am
by Malarkey
Thanks for the update and links troyan.
I have only just seen your post, still better late than ever.