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    Bulgaria halts gas flow to Serbia after pipe rupture

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Bulgaria transits Russian gas bound for Serbia and Hungary.

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Bulgaria halts gas flow to Serbia after pipe rupture

Bulgaria's gas transmission operator Bulgartransgaz halted the transport of natural gas to Serbia to Hungary early on November 2 after a pipeline rupture near in the northeast village of Vetrino.

Bulgaria transits Russian gas bound for Serbia and Hungary.

The rupture took place at 03:00 local time, and gas supply to Romania was cut within 15 minutes, followed by supply to Serbia and Hungary at 07:00. Transport to Romania was partly restored after 08:00, Bulgartransgaz said in a statement.

The operator said it was working to replace the damaged section of pipeline as soon as possible.

The disruption comes as European gas prices remain unusually high for the time of year, as a result of robust demand this year and supply constraints. Compounding the situation, Algeria halted gas supply to Spain on October 31 over a dispute with Morocco.

The December delivery contract at the Dutch TTF gas hub was up 2.8% on November 2 at 67.47 ($78.32)/MWh.