Turkmenistan and Bulgaria sign energy pact

Dec 19, 2008 01:00 AM

Bulgaria secured a tentative deal to receive gas supplies from energy-rich Turkmenistan that could lay the grounds for increased gas deliveries to Europe from the Central Asian nation.
Bulgarian President Georgi Parvanov said that Turkmenistan has backed a proposal to provide 2 bn cm of natural gas to his EU-member nation through the existing pipeline network through Russia.

The two countries also signed a memorandum of understanding that will help ensure coordination on boosting global energy security, Parvanov said.
"I believe that on the international level, we will begin to speak with one voice when it comes to supporting (energy security)," Parvanov said after a meeting with his Turkmen counterpart, President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov.

Parvanov has backed a US- and EU-backed Nabucco pipeline that could ease Europe's reliance on Russian energy. The route would run from the Caspian Sea across Turkey, Bulgaria, Romania and Hungary to Austria.
But Parvanov also has signed a dealwith Russia to build a pipeline under the Black Sea which Moscow has offered to underline Nabucco.

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