Εμφάνιση αναρτήσεων με ετικέτα Romania. Εμφάνιση όλων των αναρτήσεων
Εμφάνιση αναρτήσεων με ετικέτα Romania. Εμφάνιση όλων των αναρτήσεων

Τετάρτη, Δεκεμβρίου 17, 2014

Romania discovers biggest oil gas deposit in 30 years

Romania discovered a new deposit of crude oil and natural gas, which may be the biggest discovery of its kind in the past 30 years in the south, a Romanian oil company announced Wednesday.

According to OMV Petrom, a subsidiary of the Austrian group OMV, the deposit was discovered at a depth of 2,500 meters in the south of Buzau County.

The estimates obtained from the production tests indicate a potential production per well of 1,200-2,100 boe per day.

The discovery has been made under the onshore exploration partnership signed in 2010 by OMV Petrom and Hunt Oil Company of Romania, the company said, adding that the exploration investment led to this discovery amounts to 5 million euros (6.25 million US dollars).

OMV Petrom is the largest producer of oil and gas in southeastern Europe, with an annual production of crude oil and natural gas of 66 million boe.

 Sources: Xinhua- globaltimes.cn
17/12/14
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  • New oil and gas field discovered in Buzău County. Probably the largest in the last 30 years in Muntenia ...

OMV Petrom in partnership with Hunt Oil Romania found a new oil and gas field in the south of Buzău County. According to a press release, the field was discovered in Perimeter VIII Urziceni Est by drilling the exploration well Padina Nord 1, at a depth of over 2,500 meters at approx. 7 – 12 km away from mature fields, in production for more than 50 years. Estimates from production tests indicate a potential production per well of 1,200 – 2,100 boe per day from two geological layers. The exploration investments that led to this discovery by OMV Petrom and Hunt Oil amount to EUR 5 million.

“It is potentially the largest discovery in the past 30 years, in the Muntenia region. This year, we have made the largest exploration investments since privatization. It is important to continue exploration activities, as 90 percent of fields we are operating are mature ones and reached their production peak years ago. Currently, we supply about 40 percent of Romania’s oil and gas demand”, said Gabriel Selischi, member of OMV Petrom Executive Board, responsible for Exploration and Production.

In the coming period, the two companies will continue testing operations to determine the production potential of the discovery and will be acquiring seismic data in the region to build on this early success. The discovery was made within the onshore exploration partnership closed in 2010 by OMV Petrom and Hunt Oil. The partnership targets the exploration of two onshore perimeters: I Adjud and VIII Urziceni Est, the operator being Hunt Oil.
http://www.romaniajournal.ro/new-oil-and-gas-field-in-buzau-county-probably-the-largest-in-the-last-30-years-in-muntenia/
17/12/14

Τρίτη, Δεκεμβρίου 09, 2014

Bulgaria, Greece, Romania to Develop Regional Gas Infrastructure

Bulgaria, Greece, and Romania have signed a contract on cooperation in the development of regional gas infrastructure.

The contract was signed Tuesday by the energy ministers of the three countries.


In February 2011, the EU decided that each Member State had to have at least two sources of natural gas and electricity by 2014 in order to be able to cope with a cut-off of Russian supplies.

Romania still lacks a connection to Bulgaria’s gas grid, despite the fact that a project for the construction of a gas pipeline between Giurgiu and Ruse has been available for years, according to reports of the BGNES news agency.

The gas pipeline, evaluated at around EUR 24 M, is to be completed by 2016.

Romania’s gas transmission grid is connected to those of Hungary and Moldova.

In the case of a suspension of imports from Russia, however, it will not be able to make up for the losses through these connections because the gas imports from Hungary are negligible and the pipeline to Moldova is used for exports.

[novinite.com]
9/12/14

Τετάρτη, Σεπτεμβρίου 17, 2014

Bulgaria fears new gas deliveries interruption (Deputy PM)

Bulgaria was preparing contingency plans in case of a new interruption in gas supplies from Russia, which was seen as a high-probability scenario, Bulgarian caretaker Deputy Prime Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva said on September 17.

Speaking to reporters after the weekly cabinet meeting, Zaharieva said that the country’s heating utilities have been cautioned to be ready to switch to other fuel types in case of such interruptions.

Bulgaria’s annual gas consumption is about three billion cubic metres. The country imports more than 80 per cent of its gas from Russia.


Despite plans to build interconnector pipelines with neighbouring countries – partially funded by the European Union in the wake of the January 2009 suspension of supplies, caused by a price dispute between Moscow and Kyiv – Bulgaria has only completed the pipeline to Greece, but not those linking it up to Turkey and Romania.

Bulgaria has also a gas storage facility at Chiren near its Black Sea coast, with a capacity of 550 million cubic metres (due to be doubled by 2017, according to plans announced earlier by state-owned company Bulgargaz), which is enough to cover the bulk of domestic consumption for a period between two and four months, depending on the weather.

  • Zaharieva said that gas was being stored at the Chiren facility as scheduled and that the cabinet was in talks with Greek authorities to buy gas if the need arises.

She said that there was no reduction in gas deliveries to Bulgaria. Several eastern European countries reported a decrease in Russian deliveries last week, mainly countries that have signed reverse flow agreements with Ukraine – Poland, Slovakia and Hungary – with analysts interpreting this as a move by Gazprom to curtail reverse gas deliveries with Ukraine, which Russia considers illegal.

Russia halted gas supplies to Ukraine in June, claiming that Kyiv owed more than $5 billion for past deliveries. Ukraine says that the price it pays is too high and has lodged a lawsuit in a Stockholm arbitration court.

Transit gas flows through Ukraine have continued unabated, however, although Moscow has repeatedly claimed Ukraine would dip into supplies meant for European customers for its own domestic needs.

Kyiv has denied the accusation, saying it is merely Russian propaganda meant to scare the EU into approving construction of the South Stream gas pipeline (due to make landfall in Bulgaria), which aims to bypass Ukraine altogether and ultimately replace the Ukrainian transit route altogether.

Previous gas disputes between Russia and Ukraine have resulted in Russia cutting off all gas supplies through Ukraine in January 2006 and January 2009. The latter interruption was felt especially strongly in Bulgaria, as it coincided with a bitter cold spell.

http://sofiaglobe.com/2014/09/17/bulgaria-fears-new-gas-deliveries-interruption-deputy-pm/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=bulgaria-fears-new-gas-deliveries-interruption-deputy-pm
17/9/14
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Τετάρτη, Σεπτεμβρίου 10, 2014

Moldova, Romania to Expand Iasi-Ungheni Pipeline to Chisinau with Aid from EU

CHISINAU, September 10 (RIA Novosti) - The European Union will allocate 10 million euros ($12.9 million) to expand the Iasi-Ungheni pipeline to Chisinau, the official website of the Moldovan Economy Ministry reported.

"The European Union will provide 10 million euros for the expansion of the Iasi-Ungheni pipeline. The pipeline will be extended to Chisinau," the ministry's website stated. Previously, the Economy Ministry directly reported that the project aims to reduce dependence on Russian gas.


The Iasi-Ungheni pipeline was commissioned on August 27, 2014. Its length on the Romanian territory is 32 kilometers (19.8 miles). Some 736 meters (about 2400 feet) have been constructed under the river Prut, and another 11 kilometers are located on the territory of Moldova. Its construction has required 26 million euros ($33.5 millions), seven million ($9 million) of which have been granted by the European Union. The country's authorities have stated that the first stream of “blue fuel" will arrive at the beginning of September, but the pipeline is still not operable yet.

[ria.ru]
10/9/14
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Παρασκευή, Απριλίου 18, 2014

Romania increases gas production amid the Ukrainian crisis

The Romanian government has asked the two largest local gas producers – Petrom and Romgaz – to avoid maintenance work for a while lest it affects domestic gas production amid growing tensions between Ukraine and Russia, which could impact on the gas transit to Europe, energy minister Razvan Nicolescu said.

“As far as we are concerned, we are ready to cope with any situation. 

 We had discussions on Monday with the main Romanian gas producers, namely Romgaz and Petrom. I forwarded the request of the government to try to postpone and avoid any sort of maintenance work, which is not absolutely necessary and that could somehow affect the productions in the weeks to come.

 We are at a consumption level below the production one and we have moved on to the storage phase. 

So we are prepared to face any sort of situation”, the minister said as quoted by the state news wire Agerpres.
[sofiaglobe.com]
17/4/14
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Δευτέρα, Φεβρουαρίου 10, 2014

Rumänien: Geldstrafe für Präsident wegen "Roma-Sager"

Der Anti-Diskriminierungsrat fordert eine Geldstrafe von 130 Euro für eine wegen rassistischer Äußerung aus dem Jahr 2010.
Wegen diskriminierender Äußerungen über die Minderheit der Roma soll der rumänische Präsident Traian Basescu eine Geldstrafe von umgerechnet 130 Euro zahlen. Der nationale Anti-Diskriminierungsrat habe diese Strafe beschlossen, da Basescu schon mehrfach abfällige Bemerkungen über Roma gemacht habe, sagte Ratssprecher Istvan Haller am Montag der Nachrichtenagentur AFP in Bukarest.

Präsident Basescu reagierte zunächst nicht auf die Entscheidung. Er hatte die Äußerung während eines Slowenien-Besuchs im Jahr 2010 gemacht und gesagt, viele der umherziehenden Roma lebten "von dem, was sie stehlen". Menschenrechtsorganisationen hatten dies als "rassistisch" kritisiert, die Organisation Romani Criss, die sich für die Belange der Minderheit einsetzt, legte beim Anti-Diskriminierungsrat Beschwerde ein. Deren Leiter Marian Mandache erklärte nun: "Selbst wenn das Bußgeld niedrig ist, so ist die Botschaft deutlich: Auch ein Präsident wird wegen diskriminierender Äußerungen belangt."

Der Rat hatte Basescu in der Vergangenheit bereits zwei Mal verwarnt: So hatte der Staatschef im Jahr 2007 einen Journalisten als "schmutzigen Zigeuner" beschimpft. Vier Jahre später sagte er, Roma würden in Bussen "stehlen". In Rumänien lebt die größte Roma-Minderheit Europas mit geschätzt rund zwei Millionen Angehörigen. Die Roma sind in zahlreichen EU-Staaten Diskriminierungen ausgesetzt.
(APA/AFP)
http://diepresse.com/home/politik/aussenpolitik/1560962/Rumaenien_Geldstrafe-fur-Praesident-wegen-RomaSager-?from=rss
10/2/14

Τρίτη, Φεβρουαρίου 04, 2014

Romania not ready to export gas to Moldova

Last year Romania started EU-supported construction of a 43-kilometer pipeline Iasi-Ungheni to connect Moldova to the Romanian gas transportation network...

BUCHAREST, February 4. /ITAR-TASS/. Romania will not start exporting gas until it has entirely satisfied its internal needs, Romania’s Minister of Energy Constantin Nita said in an interview released by the state agency AGERPRES Tuesday.
“I want to reassure everybody who thinks we’ll be exporting gas just like that. First we should satisfy our own demand for gas, as we cannot start exporting it thereby leaving Romanian customers and industrial plants without fuel,” the minister said.

Romania’s export opportunities depend on the future development of petroleum products projects in Black Sea offshore near the Snake Island, as well as exploration of shale gas fields, he added.
About 80% of Romania’s natural gas needs are satisfied by domestic resources; the rest is purchased from the Russian monopoly Gazprom.
Last year Romania started EU-supported construction of a 43-kilometer pipeline Iasi-Ungheni to connect Moldova to the Romanian gas transportation network. According to the project’s participants, this will give Moldova an alternative source of gas supplies.
Moldova’s annual gas needs are 1.3 billion cubic meters of gas entirely imported from Russia.
http://en.itar-tass.com/economy/717554
4/2/14
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Σάββατο, Οκτωβρίου 19, 2013

US Starts Transfer of its Airbase in Kyrgyzstan. -Hagel thanked Romania for its decision to host the U.S. Aegis Ashore missile defense system.

MOSCOW, October 19 (RIA Novosti) – The United States has started the withdrawal from an airbase in Kyrgyzstan that serves as the main transit hub for NATO forces in Afghanistan, the Pentagon said in a statement on Friday.
In 2011, Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev announced plans to shut the base down by 2014, when the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) is to be pulled out of Afghanistan.
He signed a bill ordering the closure of the base into law in June. It stipulates that US forces must abandon the base at Manas International Airport, near the capital Bishkek, by July 2014.

“The Department of Defense has begun the process of relocating from the Transit Center at Manas International Airport (TCM) and plans to complete the transfer of areas and facilities to the Government of Kyrgyzstan by July 2014,” the statement reads.“Working closely with Kyrgyzstan over the next nine months, the U.S. will manage the TCM relocation effort while continuing to support the International Security Assistance Force mission,” the Department of Defense said.
Pentagon spokesman George Little told the media that U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Romanian Defense Minister Mircea Dusa agreed during their meeting on Friday that US military cargo and personnel going to and from Afghanistan by air will be hauled via Romania after the closure of Manas.Secretary Hagel and Minister Dusa finalized an agreement for Romania to support logistics into and out of Afghanistan, including both personnel and cargo movement,” Little said.
  • Little said Hagel also thanked Romania for its decision to host the U.S. Aegis Ashore missile defense system due to be ready in 2015.
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  • US, Romania agree on air base rights....

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. and Romania have reached an agreement to allow American troops and cargo to use the Black Sea air base of Mihail Kogalniceanu as a transport hub as they move in and out of Afghanistan.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel finalized the agreement in a meeting with Romania's Defense Minister Mircea Dusa on Friday. The Romania base is critical because beginning next June the U.S. will no longer be able to use the Manas Transit Center in Kyrgyzstan. Lawmakers there voted to end the agreement. That complicated matters for the U.S. as it brings thousands of troops out of Afghanistan over the next year.

Romania has also agreed to host an Aegis radar as part of the broader European missile defense system meant to protect against possible Iranian missile attacks.

http://www.sacbee.com/2013/10/18/5833321/us-romania-agree-on-air-base-rights.html#storylink=cpy
18/10/13
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  • Pentagon shifting logistics hub to Romania from Kyrgyzstan...

Finding a new location for the Afghanistan air logistics center was important because the Kyrgyz government has asked the United States to leave Manas by July 2014.

The Pentagon said on Friday it has begun shifting its Afghanistan air logistics hub to a base in Romania and will complete the transition from Manas Transit Center in Kyrgyzstan by the time its contract for that facility expires in July 2014.

The announcement of the decision to shift the operations to Forward Operating Site Mihail Kogalniceanu in eastern Romania followed a visit to the Pentagon on Friday by Romanian Defense Minister Mircea Dusa.

U.S. forces have used the site, located on the Black Sea, since 1999. An agreement between the United States and Romania in 2005 allowed Washington to use several bases, including Mihail Kogalniceanu, for training, storing equipment and deployments.

Finding a new location for the Afghanistan air logistics center was important because the Kyrgyz government has asked the United States to leave Manas by July 2014 and U.S. forces are in the midst of shipping home equipment after 12 years of war.

The Pentagon said in a statement that "the U.S. appreciates the support provided by the Kyrgyz people" to U.S. and coalition forces fighting in Afghanistan and "respects the decision of the government" to stop hosting the facility after a dozen years.

U.S. and Romanian defense ties have been growing. They include the construction of a land-based Aegis missile defense system as part of President Barack Obama's European ballistic missile defense program, which aims to protect against any weapons fired from Iran.

The Pentagon said Undersecretary of Defense for Policy James Miller would attend a groundbreaking ceremony later this month for the construction of the Aegis site.
http://www.worldbulletin.net/?aType=haber&ArticleID=120973
19/10/13
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Τρίτη, Σεπτεμβρίου 24, 2013

Roumanie: une rivière peut faire capoter un projet de mine d'or canadien.

Rosia Montana, Photo:business.financialpost.com
AFP - Un projet canadien de mine d'or dans un village de Transylvanie risque de capoter en raison d'une rivière qui devrait être détournée, ce qu'interdit la législation européenne, a déclaré mardi la ministre roumaine de l'Environnement, Rovana Plumb.
"La directive européenne sur l'eau, transposée dans la législation roumaine, dit qu'on ne peut pas détourner un cours d'eau à moins que ce soit pour un projet d'intérêt public exceptionnel", a déclaré Mme Plumb devant une commission parlementaire chargée du dossier de mine d'or dans le village de Rosia Montana (nord-ouest).
"Nous ne pourrons donc pas continuer la procédure d'évaluation (de la mine, ndlr) en l'absence d'une loi qui dise clairement qu'il s'agit d'un projet d'intérêt public exceptionnel," a-t-elle renchéri.

Le projet soumis au gouvernement roumain par les Canadiens de Gabriel Resources prévoit le détournement de la rivière Corna dont le lit actuel devrait faire place à un gigantesque lac de décantation des déchets miniers.
"Si le projet de mine n'est pas déclaré d'intérêt public, la rivière ne pourra pas être déviée et donc le projet tel qu'il est prévu ne pourra pas se faire", a confirmé à l'AFP l'ex-ministre de l'Environnement Attila Korodi.

"La Corna peut bloquer définitivement le projet de mine", a-t-il martelé.
Après s'être déclaré opposé à cette gigantesque mine d'or pendant la campagne électorale, le gouvernement du Premier ministre Victor Ponta a adopté à la surprise générale en août un projet de loi lui octroyant le statut de "projet d'intérêt public national exceptionnel".
Cela autorise Gabriel Resources à procéder à des expropriations au nom de l'Etat et à bénéficier de dérogations à plusieurs lois.

Mais l'adoption de ce projet a suscité une vague de protestation sans précédent, avec des manifestations de rue réunissant des dizaines de milliers de Roumains depuis plus de trois semaines.
Une commission parlementaire doit rédiger un rapport sur ce projet qui sera soumis au Parlement en novembre.
Le résultat du vote est incertain alors qu'un parti clé de la majorité a annoncé qu'il voterait contre.
Mme Plumb avait déjà déclaré qu'en cas de rejet de ce texte, le projet de Rosia Montana sera enterré.
Gabriel Resources prévoit d'exploiter 300 tonnes d'or et 1.600 tonnes d'argent en utilisant 12.000 tonnes de cyanure par an.
La société promet des centaines d'emplois et des bénéfices économiques pour la Roumanie.
  • Mais, selon experts et archéologues, cette mine à ciel ouvert va entraîner la destruction de quatre montagnes et de galeries minières de l'époque romaine.
http://www.france24.com/fr/20130924-roumanie-une-riviere-peut-faire-capoter-projet-mine-dor-canadien
24/9/13

Σάββατο, Ιουνίου 29, 2013

Romania warns of independent energy policy after Nabucco failure

By Daniel Stroe – Bucharest
- The Romanian President Traian Basescu today pointed out he had informed the European Council that Romania will redefine its energy policy based on its own resources and without awaiting anybody’s approval, two days after the failure of the EU-backed Nabucco project which Romania was part of.

Basescu made these statements in a press conference at the end of the European Council in Brussels. “Without going into details, the option now without any doubt is Romania being forced to accelerate the evaluation process and move to exploiting the shale gas and the gas and oil already confirmed in the Black Sea” he said.



The president added he had expressed his regret to the European leaders over the failure of the Nabucco pipeline project which was designed to bring Caspian gas to Central Europe through Turkey, Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary and Austria. Last week, Azerbaijan decided to instead transport its gas to Europe via another pipeline, the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) at the expense of Nabucco. TAP crosses Turkey, Greece, Albania and ends in Italy.

Basescu went on to plea in favor of the shale gas extraction. “Romania has to take the energy strategy into its own hands. Romania has the chance to give Romanians shale gas at least 50 per cent cheaper before the date Nabucco would have been finished and gas from the Black Sea at a reasonable price”, he stressed in his press conference.

The head of state pointed out the central authorities in Bucharest now have to explain and convince the population that the fracking technology used to extract the shale has evolved very much compared to the images people saw in America where the drilling was at the beginning. “We have an alternative and have to put into practice” he added, underlining the shale gas and the Black Sea gas extraction could start in four years.

Basescu rejected the claims according to which Romania now seeks to join the Russian-backed project South Stream, arguing this would run counter to the country’s objective of diversifying its gas supply sources. “The most important message is Romania doesn’t want to remain dependent on a single supplier and we self-define our energy policy taking into account the failure of the European project. We can stay arm-crossed until Europe comes up with another project which we do not even know whether it will be successful” he highlighted.
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Δευτέρα, Δεκεμβρίου 31, 2012

Greeks, Romanians, Cut Christmas Spending

Greek retailers registered the lowest Christmas sales for the past 10 years, down by 40% from 2011, according to preliminary estimations.
According to reports of the National Confederation of Hellenic Commerce, as cited by the Bulgarian National Radio (BNR), Christmas sales of clothes and footwear fell by 50% from 2011, sales of electric appliances decerased by 40%, and sales of cosmetics and books declined by 30%.
Even sales of food products prior to the 2012 Christmas holidays dropped by 20% as compared to 2011.
In December 2012, nationwide spending on food and gifts fell by EUR 7.6 billion, as compared to EUR 9.25 billion in December 2011.
According to expert forecasts, Greek retailers will report a total turnover of less than EUR 50 billion, compared to EUR 60.5 billion in 2011.
Meanwhile, 40% of Romanians said they had allocated less money for the Christmas and New Year Holidays in 2012, 25% of them said they would spend more, and 12% said they could not afford even basic necessities, according to a survey of Romanian Institute for Evaluation and Strategies.
.novinite.com
31/12/12

Σάββατο, Οκτωβρίου 27, 2012

Clock is ticking for Romania suspended funds | EurActiv


Romania has two months to react to a warning from the European Commission, which has identified serious problems in the country's anti-corruption procedures in the implementation of programmes in the field of transport, regional development and competitiveness, a spokesperson said today (26 October).
The Commission has sent yesterday (25 October) a letter to the Romanian authorities, pre-suspending the funding in the field of transport, regional development and competitiveness.
The EU executive also proposed “financial corrections” in those three areas and environment, Shirin Wheeler, spokesperson of Regional Policy Commissioner Johannes Hahn said.........
Clock is ticking for Romania suspended funds | EurActiv

Δευτέρα, Οκτωβρίου 01, 2012

Ντόμπρεφ: Στα τέλη του 2013 η διασύνδεση φυσικού αερίου Βουλγαρίας-Ελλάδας

Ο υπουργός Ενέργειας της Βουλγαρίας, Ντελιάν Ντόμπρεφ, δήλωσε ότι η κυβέρνηση θα επισπεύσει τις προσπάθειές της για την διασύνδεση φυσικού αερίου με τις γειτονικές χώρες, ελπίζοντας ότι τα έργα σύνδεσης με την Ελλάδα και την Τουρκία θα ολοκληρωθούν μέσα στο 2013.

Την Κυριακή, η διαχειρίστρια του βουλγαρικού δικτύου, Bulgartransgaz, παρουσίασε σχέδιο ανάπτυξης με βάση το οποίο αναμένει ένα έτος καθυστέρηση στα συγκεκριμένα έργα, αλλά ο υπουργός θεωρεί ότι αυτή είναι μια μάλλον συντηρητική εκτίμηση:

«Η Bulgartransgaz παρουσίασε απλά ένα σχέδιο. Εμείς πάντως εργαζόμαστε για την επίσπευση των διασυνδέσεων ώστε να είναι έτοιμες στα τέλη του 2013».

http://www.energia.gr/article.asp?art_id=62262 

http://energy-engineer.blogspot.gr/2012/10/2013.html
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  • Η Κομοτηνή στον παγκόσμιο ενεργειακό χάρτη 

     

    [1] Bulgaria Vows to Build Gas Links with Greece, Turkey by End-2013

    Bulgaria will make up for delays in constructing its gas interconnector links with Greece and Turkey, Bulgarian Economy and Energy Minister Delyan Dobrev has promised.
    On Sunday, the country's state network operator Bulgartransgaz revealed it expected a one year delay in the project until the end of 2014.
    However, Dobrev has stated that the Bulgartransgaz estimate was too cvonservetive.
    "Bulgartransgaz presented only a plan. We are however working to speed up the interconnector links and have them operational by the end of 2013," he has told Reuters.
    The construction of the two gas links has been delayed by technical hurdles with Greece and slow negotiations with Turkey.
    Bulgaria's 25-km gas interconnector with Romania will be completed and functional by the end of May 2013, while the country's gas interconnector with Serbia is scheduled to be ready in 2015.
    Bulgaria moved to link its natural gas grid to those of its neighbors after the January 2009 gas war between Russia and Ukraine, which cut off the Russian gas supplies to Bulgaria for full three weeks leaving it without natural gas in the middle of the winter.
    In February 2011, the European Council decided that each EU member state should have at least two sources of natural gas and electricity by 2014 in order to avoid a repetition of the Russian-Ukrainian gas crisis.
    http://www.novinite.com/view_news.php?id=143699
    1/10/12

Δευτέρα, Σεπτεμβρίου 24, 2012

Bulgarian Govt: Greece Delays Launch of Makaza Border Pass

The road between Kardzhali (A) and Podkova (marked in orange) completed the Kardzhali-Makaza Pass (B) road, the Danube-Aegean through Bulgarian territory. The road on the Greek side is still to be completed. Map from bgmaps
The vastly delayed opening of the crossing point at the Makaza mountain pass on the Bulgarian-Greek border is the fault of Greece, Bulgarian Regional Development Minister Lilyana Pavlova.

"Bulgaria has fulfilled its commitment in time, while Greece is delaying the launching of the Makaza Pass border crossing. Bulgaria has been ready to launch the Makaza crossing since November 2011," Pavlova declared Monday, as cited by the press service of the Bulgarian Regional Development Ministry.


"The only obstacle to the opening of the Makaza border crossing is the lack of a 1.5-km-long road on the Greek side of the border, which needs to be completed. Unfortunately, that isn't happening yet," she added.

Pavlova reminded that last week Bulgarian PM Boyko Borisov even offered Greece to fund the 1.5 km road section with Bulgarian state budget money – a statement that was regarded as insulting by Greek officials, according to the Greek media [1].

"It is just a sin not to be able to launch this extremely important border crossing that would create an opportunity for transit traffic because of a 1.5 km road section. Perhaps it is tough for our counterparts in Greece," the Bulgarian Regional Development Minister added.


The Ruse-Makaza road linking Romania and Greece through Central Bulgaria is supposed to be part of the Pan-European Transport Corridor No. 9 leading from Helsinki, the Baltic States, Moscow, Kiev, and Bucharest to the Greek port of Alexandroupolis on the Aegean.

However, the international transport corridor, which harbors the potential to stimulate the development of much of Bulgaria's central regions, does not function at present because the Makaza Pass in the Rhodope Mountains on the Bulgarian-Greek border remains closed.


This is in spite of numerous promises in the past five years by senior Bulgarian and Greek politicians that a border crossing point there will be opened "next year."

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The road from Ruse (A) to the Makaza Pass (B), a section of the still unexisting Pan-European Transport Corridor No. 9, has been granted a priority status by the Bulgarian government. Map from bgmaps***


The delay in the opening of the Makaza Pass, which is some 20 km north of Greece's Aegean coastline, has been attributed to the slow construction of the road on the Greek side of the border. If it becomes fully operational, the Ruse-Makaza Pass road will provide the shortest route from Romania's capital Bucharest (and much of Central and Eastern Europe, for that matter) to the Aegean / Mediterranean.

On Bulgaria's territory the Ruse-Makaza Pass road (section of Pan-European Transport Corridor No. 9) goes through Ruse, Byala, Veliko Tarnovo, Dryanovo, Gabrovo, the Shipka Pass (Balkan Mountain), Kazanlak, Stara Zagora, Dimitrovgrad, Haskovo, Kardzhali, and Momchilgrad to reach Makaza. It is dubbed Road I-5 (E-85) for Bulgarian government purposes.

Last year a long-anticipated decision of the Bulgarian government to make the Ruse-Makaza road a "priority project" was justified with the need to absorb EU funds under Operational Program "Transport", which would allow faster administrative procedures for investments, land expropriation, and construction. The Bulgarian government plans to turn the road in question into a "high-speed way" (with four lanes).

he road between Kardzhali (A) and Podkova (marked in orange) completed the Kardzhali-Makaza Pass (B) road, the Danube-Aegean through Bulgarian territory.


The actual realization on European Transport Corridor No. 9, however, also depends on the realization of one of the most-talked about infrastructure projects in Bulgaria in the past 20 years – the construction of a tunnel under the Shipka Pass in the Stara Planina Mountain (Balkan Mountain), which is supposed to improve greatly the transport links between Northern and Southern Bulgaria along the Ruse-Makaza route.


At present, Bulgaria and Greece share four border crossing points: 

  • Kulata-Promachonas, 
  • Ilinden-Exochi, 
  • Svilengrad-Ormenion, 
  • and Zlatograd-Thermes (Xanti).
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Σάββατο, Σεπτεμβρίου 22, 2012

Greece Insulted by Bulgarian PM's Makaza Remark

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov has allegedly insulted Greece authorities by saying that his country is ready to pave with asphalt 1.5 km on Greek territory on the road through the Makaza mountain pass.
Last week, Borisov noted that the economic crisis has rendered Greece unable to finish its construction thus the road between Bulgaria's Kardzhali and Greece's Komotini remains closed. He pointed out that Bulgaria has been ready for quite a while with its section.

According to Greek media, Greek officials have been insulted by Borisov's comments, the Bulgarian Focus News Agency reported on Friday.
The news agency says that a Greek company is expected to launch the construction of the 1.5 km section on Friday.
The Ruse-Makaza road linking Romania and Greece through Central Bulgaria is supposed to be part of the Pan-European Transport Corridor No. 9 leading from Helsinki, the Baltic States, Moscow, Kiev, and Bucharest to the Greek port of Alexandroupolis on the Aegean.
However, the international transport corridor, which harbors the potential to stimulate the development of much of Bulgaria's central regions, does not function at present because the Makaza Pass in the Rhodope Mountains on the Bulgarian-Greek border remains closed.
21/9/12
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***Η Βουλγαρία αναλαμβάνει να τελειώσει τον κάθετο άξονα επί ...ελληνικού εδάφους

Ευρεία δημοσιότητα έλαβαν στα βουλγαρικά μέσα ενημέρωσης οι δηλώσεις του Βούλγαρου πρωθυπουργού Μπόικο Μπορίσοφ αναφορικά με την πολιτική βούληση της κυβέρνησής του για την ταχύτερη δυνατή ολοκλήρωση της οδικής σύνδεσης Κίρτζαλι-Κομοτηνή και της νέας σχετικής διάβασης στα ελληνοβουλγαρικά σύνορα, όπως αναφέρει σε δημοσίευμά του το Αθηναϊκό – Μακεδονικό Πρακτορείο Ειδήσεων. 

Στο πλαίσιο αυτό, όπως είπε ο κ. Μπορίσοφ, η βουλγαρική πλευρά είναι έτοιμη να αναλάβει την κατασκευή του εναπομείναντος τμήματος, περίπου δύο χιλιομέτρων, στο ελληνικό τμήμα της νέας αυτής οδικής αρτηρίας. Ο κ. Μπορίσοφ, σε δηλώσεις του από το Κίρτζαλι, ανέφερε μάλιστα πως προτίθεται να απευθύνει σχετική πρόταση στον Έλληνα ομόλογό του Αντώνη Σαμαρά. «Για τη (διάβαση της) Μακάζα έχω συνεννοηθεί με τον Έλληνα πρωθυπουργό, με τον οποίο είμαστε φίλοι ακόμα από τα αντιπολιτευτικά χρόνια........ETHNOS KRATOS EL  18/9/12
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Τρίτη, Σεπτεμβρίου 18, 2012

Η Βουλγαρία αναλαμβάνει να τελειώσει τον κάθετο άξονα επί ...ελληνικού εδάφους

Ευρεία δημοσιότητα έλαβαν στα βουλγαρικά μέσα ενημέρωσης οι δηλώσεις του Βούλγαρου πρωθυπουργού Μπόικο Μπορίσοφ αναφορικά με την πολιτική βούληση της κυβέρνησής του για την ταχύτερη δυνατή ολοκλήρωση της οδικής σύνδεσης Κίρτζαλι-Κομοτηνή και της νέας σχετικής διάβασης στα ελληνοβουλγαρικά σύνορα, όπως αναφέρει σε δημοσίευμά του το Αθηναϊκό – Μακεδονικό Πρακτορείο Ειδήσεων. 

Στο πλαίσιο αυτό, όπως είπε ο κ. Μπορίσοφ, η βουλγαρική πλευρά είναι έτοιμη να αναλάβει την κατασκευή του εναπομείναντος τμήματος, περίπου δύο χιλιομέτρων, στο ελληνικό τμήμα της νέας αυτής οδικής αρτηρίας. Ο κ. Μπορίσοφ, σε δηλώσεις του από το Κίρτζαλι, ανέφερε μάλιστα πως προτίθεται να απευθύνει σχετική πρόταση στον Έλληνα ομόλογό του Αντώνη Σαμαρά. «Για τη (διάβαση της) Μακάζα έχω συνεννοηθεί με τον Έλληνα πρωθυπουργό, με τον οποίο είμαστε φίλοι ακόμα από τα αντιπολιτευτικά χρόνια.
Απλώς δεν υπάρχουν τα χρήματα για την ολοκλήρωση του ενάμισι αυτού χιλιομέτρου» ανέφερε χαρακτηριστικά ο Βούλγαρος πρωθυπουργός. Τα παραπάνω δήλωσε ο κ. Μπορίσοφ απαντώντας σε ερώτηση για το πότε αναμένεται να λειτουργήσει η συνοριακή διάβαση Κίρτζαλι- Κομοτηνή, όπως ανέφεραν στα σχετικά ρεπορτάζ τους το ιδιωτικό ραδιόφωνο Ντάρικ κι άλλα ηλεκτρονικά μέσα ενημέρωσης. Ο Βούλγαρος πρωθυπουργός είπε ακόμη πως «είναι αμαρτία να μείνει έτσι η δίοδος, χωρίς να λειτουργεί».
Παρά την αδιαμφισβήτητη σημασία των νέων διόδων, που άνοιξαν στα ελληνοβουλγαρικά σύνορα τα τελευταία χρόνια, τόσο για την αλληλογνωριμία των τοπικών κοινωνιών, όσο και για την περαιτέρω ανάπτυξη των μεταξύ τους οικονομικών σχέσεων, ο συνοριακός σταθμός Κούλατα- Προμαχώνας, από τον οποίο θα περάσει ο αυτοκινητόδρομος «Στρούμα» (Στρυμόνας), μετά την ολοκλήρωσή του σε μερικά χρόνια, παραμένει η κεντρική «πύλη» της οδικής επικοινωνίας Ελλάδας - Βουλγαρίας.
Ως πλέον πρόσφατο παράδειγμα, οι αναλυτές στη Βουλγαρία επισημαίνουν τη μαζική «απόβαση» Βούλγαρων τουριστών, που επωφελούμενοι ένα εορταστικό τετραήμερο στη χώρα τους, έσπευσαν να κατακλύσουν τις ακτές της Χαλκιδικής και των άλλων παραθαλάσσιων θέρετρων της Βόρειας Ελλάδας, στις αρχές Σεπτεμβρίου.
18/9/12
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**[1]Bulgaria to Pay for Greek Road Section on Border Pass

Bulgaria is ready to pave with asphalt a kilometer and a half on Greek territory on the road through the Makaza mountain pass.
The statement was made by Bulgarian Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, during his visit to the southern city of Kardzhali, cited by the Bulgarian National Television.

According to Borisov, this will accelerate the opening of the new cross border check point between Bulgarian and Greece.

The Bulgarian PM is to extend the proposal to his Greek counterpart Antonis Samaras.

Borisov noted that Bulgaria has been ready for quite a while with its section, but due to the economic crisis, the Greek side lacks funding to finish their construction thus the road between Kardzhali and Komotini remains closed.

The cross border points between Bulgaria and Greece now are Kulata-Promachonas, Ilinden-Exochi, Svilengrad-Ormenion, and Zlatograd-Thermes (Xanti).

The 24-km road section between Kardzhali and Podkova will be connected to the already completed road between Podkova and the Makaza Pass, thus providing a fast and direct road connection from Central Southern Bulgaria to Greece via Kardzhali.

The Ruse-Makaza road linking Romania and Greece through Central Bulgaria is supposed to be part of the Pan-European Transport Corridor No. 9 leading from Helsinki, the Baltic States, Moscow, Kiev, and Bucharest to the Greek port of Alexandroupolis on the Aegean.

However, the international transport corridor, which harbors the potential to stimulate the development of much of Bulgaria's central regions, does not function at present because the Makaza Pass in the Rhodope Mountains on the Bulgarian-Greek border remains closed.

This is in spite of numerous promises in the past five years by senior Bulgarian and Greek politicians that a border crossing point there will be opened "next year."

The delay in the opening of the Makaza Pass, which is some 20 km north of Greece's Aegean coastline, has been attributed to the slow construction of the road on the Greek side of the border. If it becomes fully operational, the Ruse-Makaza Pass road will provide the shortest route from Romania's capital Bucharest (and much of Central and Eastern Europe, for that matter) to the Aegean / Mediterranean.

On Bulgaria's territory the Ruse-Makaza Pass road (section of Pan-European Transport Corridor No. 9) goes through Ruse, Byala, Veliko Tarnovo, Dryanovo, Gabrovo, the Shipka Pass (Balkan Mountain), Kazanlak, Stara Zagora, Dimitrovgrad, Haskovo, Kardzhali, and Momchilgrad to reach Makaza. It is dubbed Road I-5 (E-85) for Bulgarian government purposes.

The recent and long-anticipated decision of the Bulgarian government to make the Ruse-Makaza road a "priority project" is justified with the need to absorb EU funds under Operational Program "Transport", which would allow faster administrative procedures for investments, land expropriation, and construction. The Bulgarian government plans to turn the road in question into a "high-speed way" (with four lanes).

The actual realization on European Transport Corridor No. 9, however, also depends on the realization of one of the most-talked about infrastructure projects in Bulgaria in the past 20 years – the construction of a tunnel under the Shipka Pass in the Stara Planina Mountain (Balkan Mountain), which is supposed to improve greatly the transport links between Northern and Southern Bulgaria along the Ruse-Makaza route.

novinite com 16/9/12

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