Pipe blast in Bulgaria cuts Russian gas supplies to Greece
( RIA Novosti ) - Russian gas supplies to Greece have been interrupted after a blast hit a gas pipeline in Bulgaria, the Greek media reported Monday.
The blast occurred Monday morning due to a gas leak, the Greek media said. No casualties have so far been reported.
Bulgarian authorities have confirmed the pipeline blast and that Russian gas supplies to Greece have been suspended, the Bulgarian news agency BTA said.
According to BTA, the pipe was ruptured by an explosion at 7:20 a.m. local time (4:20 a.m. GMT) near the city of Blagoevgrad in southwestern Bulgaria.
"The incident poses no threat to people. The gas is not hazardous and natural gas deliveries to Greece will remain suspended until repairs have been carried out," BTA quoted the country's fire service as saying.
Natural gas supplied by Russia to Greece via Bulgaria accounts for up to 80% of Greece's gas consumption.
Meanwhile, the Greek authorities and Russian energy giant Gazprom have not made any comment on the incident.