Bulgaria is speeding up work on the projects for new capacities at the Kozloduy NPP and the Vertical Gas Corridor

By order of Bulgaria's Caretaker Government Prime Minister Dimitar Glavchev, interdepartmental working groups were created to speed up the implementation process of the projects for the construction of new nuclear facilities at the Kozloduy NPP and the Vertical Gas Corridor. Their main goal is to assist in the implementation of all legal procedures related to the projects.

The groups that held their first meetings included representatives of the Ministry of Energy, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Environment and Water, the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works, the Ministry of Transport and Communications, the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Agriculture, the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

"The projects are of strategic importance for guaranteeing the energy security of the country and the region in the long term," stressed Energy Minister Vladimir Malinov, who has been appointed head of the working groups.

The projects, part of the Vertical Gas Corridor initiative between Bulgaria, Greece, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, Ukraine and Moldova, provide an opportunity to transfer additional volumes of natural gas from diverse and reliable sources in the direction from south to north. The increase of natural gas transmission capacities at the interconnection points Kulata/Sidirokastro in the direction from Greece to Bulgaria and Negru voda/Kardam in the direction from Bulgaria to Romania are of key importance for the implementation of one of the main priorities of the government in the energy sphere - diversification of energy sources. Part of the initiative is also the project for a high-pressure gas transmission infrastructure to supply consumers in the East Mariški region, which is of leading importance from the point of view of ensuring a new economic appearance of the region.

The priority implementation of these projects will contribute to increasing competition in the sector and achieving better conditions for all users, not only in our country but also in the entire region.

The development of nuclear energy is a top priority of the government in the energy sphere, which is key to successfully achieving the goals of decarbonization and energy security. The project for new nuclear capacities at the Kozloduy NPP site is strategic for the country. Coordination and close coordination in the work of all departments involved in the project are key to its successful implementation. /BGNES