“The second pipe of Turkish Stream will run through Bulgarian territory”, Bulgaria’s energy minister Temenuzhka Petkova announced in Parliament Friday afternoon. The news came shortly after an official statement by the Russian energy giant GAZPROM.

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The statement reads that GAZPROM are monitoring the progress on the expansion of Bulgaria’s national gas transportation network in its part from the border of the country with Turkey to its border with Serbia, so the Company is interested in this project.

“The fact that Gazprom Export officially announced that it will book capacity ... shows that the second pipeline of TurkSream will actually run through Bulgaria. I think this is very good news,” Energy Minister Petkova told reporters, "What comes next is strict complience with the European rules and the realization of the project".

Earlier on Friday MPs adopted an ammendment to the National Energy Strategy 2020 which refers especially to the construction of the second line of TurkStream and the Balkan gas hub - gas distribution center.

TurkStream is a project for a gas pipeline stretching across the Black Sea from Russia to Turkey and further to Turkey's border with its neighboring countries. The first string of TurkStream is intended for Turkish consumers, while the second string will deliver gas to Southern and Southeastern Europe. Each string will have the throughput capacity of 15.75 billion cubic meters of gas per year. The construction of the gas pipeline's offshore section was completed in November 2018.