Gazprom says South Stream is equally open for Romania, Bulgaria.

By bne IntelliNews June 24, 2010
The participations of Romania and Bulgaria in South Stream natural gas pipeline project do not exclude each other, Gazprom vice-president Aleksandr Medvedev says in response to local comments on the country possibly joining the project. It is possible that Romania joins the project, but this does not mean Bulgaria has to exit the partnership, he added after local media speculated on the problems faced by Russia in developing energy projects in Bulgaria and Romania's possibly replacing the neighbouring country in South Stream project. It is the economic feasibility that has rather to be assessed, Medvedev stressed. Nonetheless, earlier this week Gazprom's president Alexei Miller fuelled such speculations mentioning that the pipeline might change the route to cross Romania rather than Bulgaria; he added that ,,Romania offers broader cooperation prospects in the sector of energy," but he did not elaborated on this Miller added that Gazprom will complete the feasibility study within three months. Gazprom wants to start works at South Stream, a pipeline to bring natural gas through Black Sea to South-Eastern Europe and further to Northern Italy, in 2013.

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