Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 16
By Maksim Tsurkov – Trend:
Azerbaijan is Bulgaria’s strategic partner in the energy sector, said Temenuzhka Petkova, the country’s energy minister, Azerbaijani media outlets reported Jan. 16.
Work is underway on one exceptionally important joint project, the Gas Interconnector Greece-Bulgaria (IGB), a part of the Southern Gas Corridor, which will transport gas mainly from Azerbaijan in the volume of one billion cubic meters, Petkova said.
She noted that Azerbaijan and Bulgaria have intensive relations, especially in the energy sector.
Energy sector had an important place in the talks between Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov and President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev on Jan. 15, she said.
The sides discussed the possibility for Azerbaijan’s state oil company SOCAR to conduct studies on regulatory documents and frameworks for participation in gas distribution in Bulgaria, she added.
This is an excellent opportunity to resolve the issue of air pollution, the main polluters of which are household consumers using firewood and coal for heating, she noted.
Partners from SOCAR expressed desire at the meeting to carry out these studies and, if they are satisfied, mutual work will continue to achieve better results for Bulgaria, Petkova said.