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    Bulgaria hooks Greek gas link to grid

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Bulgaria had its supply of Russian gas cut off at the end of April after Sofia refused to pay its bills in rubles, leaving the country with limited alternatives.

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Bulgaria hooks Greek gas link to grid

Bulgaria has connected the new gas pipeline from Greece to its national grid, the project's operator reported on August 18, with the country set to start receiving supplies at the start of the coming heating season.

"The Interconnector Greece Bulgaria (IGB) is already successfully connected to the neighbouring operators in both host countries, thus the physical transmission of gas through the facility is now technically ensured," ICGB reported in a statement. 

Bulgaria had its supply of Russian gas cut off at the end of April after Sofia refused to pay its bills in rubles, leaving the country with limited alternatives. The government is counting on IGB's launch to see its energy system through winter. The pipeline will initially carry 1bn m3/year of gas to Bulgaria from Azerbaijan, with its capacity rising to 3bn m3/yr at a later stage.

Bulgaria has filled its gas storage facilities to nearly 58% of capacity.