Bulgaria Does Not Need South Stream, Expert Says

Sofia says it will not contribute to the cost of the Russian-backed natural gas pipeline


Bulgaria does not need the Russian-backed South Stream natural gas pipeline, will not contribute to the cost and will only back it if it is seen as being in the economic interests of the Balkan country, a leading expert told New Europe on 9 July.

“Bulgaria does not need South Stream,” said Julian Lee, a senior energy analyst at London’s Centre for Global Energy Studies (CGES). “Even though the Shah Deniz consortium has selected TAP [Trans Adriatic Pipeline] over Nabucco West, Bulgaria...


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