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Bulgaria to buy 20% stake in Greek LNG terminal

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Bulgaria to buy 20% stake in Greek LNG terminal

Bulgaria will buy a 20% stake in a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal off northern Greece as it works to move away from its almost complete dependence on gas from Russia, Reuters reports.

The main suppliers of LNG for the facility are expected the be the United States and Qatar. Bulgaria’s stake in the gas terminal would be the same as that of Greece’s state energy company DEPA.

Under the deal, state-owned gas company Bulgartransgaz will buy 20% of Gastrade, part of Greek energy company Copelouzos, which is developing a floating LNG facility off the Greek city of Alexandroupolis.

The LNG terminal, which will have an estimated annual capacity of about 6.1 billion cubic meters, will aim to supply gas to southeastern Europe via the Interconnector Greece-Bulgaria natural gas pipeline.

The government said state gas provider Bulgargaz should take part in the binding market test for the terminal and book between 300 and 500 million cubic meters (mcm) of gas per year for a period of three to five years.

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