A barter of electricity for gas with Azerbaijan is being prepared, announced Economy Minister Nikola Stoyanov
“The EU still does not want to admit that the energy crisis is more a function of Europe’s energy policy over the last 10 years than the war in Ukraine. The war only catalyzed some of the effects.” This was stated to the BNR by the former Minister of Energy, Alexander Nikolov, apparently hinting at the serious commitment of Germany in particular to Russian natural gas.
“Bulgaria is in a much more advantageous position than the rest of the EU countries. … Bulgaria will be neither in the cold nor in the dark, as the official cabinet is trying to play with people’s fears”. Today on BTV, the government spokesman Anton Kutev again predicted that “people will die this winter”. At the same time, he could not explain whether he was negotiating with “Gazprom”, boasted that the price of gasoline is falling, but found it difficult to point out exactly how the government helped with this.
Al. Nikolov emphasized that Another advantage of Bulgaria is that the production of electricity does not depend on natural gas at all: “We are the largest balancer in South-Eastern Europe and the Western Balkans from the point of view of electricity. This gives us an advantage, because it is possible to form agreements , which will enable Bulgaria to export electricity, and in return to import natural gas”. Acting Minister of Economy Nikola Stoyanov announced to BNT that Azerbaijan has already expressed readiness for such a barter. “This possibility has been confirmed – if we export electricity, the gas that will be saved in addition to the eliminated need for its production, will be given to us,” explained Stoyanov. “At the moment, all countries are looking for additional quantities of gas. However, if we manage to implement this scheme, we will be among the few countries that will be able to receive it,” said Stoyanov.
In the words of the former minister, “energy must be far from any political fights, because it is a sector that determines the life of every citizen and of the entire industry and business”:
“If someone wants to use the topic of “energy” for an election campaign, it is extremely wrong and very harmful to society. This shows the culture of the people who practice it. Gazprom’s behavior towards the whole of Europe is clear, we and Poland were the first .In all 7 months while I was in charge of the sector (as Minister of Energy in the “Petkov” government – b.r.) there was no different commercial or legal practice that distinguished one or another supplier, regardless of which country represents and what type of contract it is. If someone was willing to take risks for Bulgaria and for a Bulgarian company, on a scale and scale that is unacceptable, let them sign all the documents that are required and continue to act as they see fit well. … The current minister – Rosen Hristov has been informed about everything, about what stage it is at, what can happen and how. Obviously, it has already been proven even for them (the caretaker government – n.b.) that “Gazprom ” is an unreliable provider . What they did with the offer for the six LNG tankers, for which the European Commission also cooperates, I don’t know how to define it,” commented Alexander Nikolov.
“When we agreed on the first two tankers, they were realized as offloading within two weeks. What we had done is that by the end of the month of October everything was secured, November and December were left. The caretaker government says it has agreed with Turkey for one slot, we had left one. Easily 1+1 would have given 2. December new slot auctions are held, Revitusa’s capacity has also increased and the third cargo could have easily been realized then. The remaining 4 cargoes would have been an option how should Bulgaria act from January onwards”, the former Minister of Energy explained how the contracted liquefied gas tankers, which the caretaker government refused to negotiate with Gazprom, should be handled. But as it turned out, Gazprom did not respond to the Bulgarian request.
“DANS should look into a much longer period, “which also covers the reasons for reducing the quantities of gas from Azerbaijan, when, who and if he gave a silent refusal when asked whether these quantities should be reduced, what is the communication with “Gazprom” on the subject and are the tenders transparent”, Nikolov commented on the action of DANS in the middle of last week, when he demanded from “Bulgargaz” documents from April, when “Gazprom” stopped the gas to Bulgaria.