Russian gas monopoly Gazprom said on January 1 the company began supplying gas to Serbia, as well as to Bosnia and Herzegovina, via a new route across Turkey and Bulgaria.
Gas from Russia is transmitted by the TurkStream or Turkish Stream offshore gas pipeline and further across Turkey, Gazprom said, adding that it is then brought via Bulgaria’s national gas transmission system to Serbia, where it is distributed among consumers in Serbia and in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Deliveries along this route were made possible through the expansion of existing gas transmission capacities and commissioning of new ones by Bulgartransgaz in Bulgaria and Gastrans Novi Sad in Serbia.
Gazprom CEO Alexey Miller said in a statement the number of European countries receiving Russian gas via TurkStream has grown to six. “Along with Bulgaria, Greece, North Macedonia and Romania, this opportunity is now available in Serbia and in Bosnia and Herzegovina,” he said.
TurkStream is an export gas pipeline stretching from Russia to Turkey across the Black Sea. Its design capacity is 31.5 billion cubic metres of gas per year. TurkStream is intended for gas delivery to Turkey, as well as to southern and southeastern Europe through Turkish territory.
Commercial supplies via the gas pipeline commenced on January 1, 2020. On January 8, the presidents of Russia and Turkey held a grand opening ceremony for TurkStream in Istanbul.