According to the Russian media, the construction of the Balkan Stream gas pipeline segment is finished since the Bulgarian segment of the Turkstream pipeline is finally connected to the Serbian section.
The official pipeline completion ceremony will not be held due to the coronavirus pandemic.
In January 2019, Bulgaria decided to continue the TurkStream branch in Serbia.
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In this regard, the President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vučić, stated a month ago, that Serbia would complete the construction of its gas pipeline segment, stretching from the Bulgarian border to the Hungarian border, by the end of the year. The construction of the Serbian section started in March 2019, reports Sputnik.
Balkan Stream is a branch of TurkStream that will bring Russian gas to Serbia and later to Europe.
The TurkStream pipeline, which became operational on January 8, transports gas along the Black Sea bed from Russia to the Turkish coast. The land transit branch then stretches to the border with neighbouring countries, from where the gas is transported to Greece, Bulgaria and North Macedonia. In the future (after completion of the construction of the entire infrastructure), the gas will also go to Serbia and Hungary. The capacity of this 930-km-long pipeline is 31.5 billion cubic metres of gas per year.
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