Greece, Bulgaria map out gas interconnection agreement

A plan leading to an interconnection agreement between DESFA, Greece’s natural gas grid operator, and its Bulgarian counterpart Bulgartransgaz was mapped out yesterday in Brussels at a meeting supervised by the EU’s Directorate-General for Energy.

According to energypress sources, besides the Greek and Bulgarian natural gas grid operators, the meeting also involved the participation of representatives from RAE, the Regulatory Authority for Energy, and the Bulgarian authority.

As noted by energypress in previous reports, Europe’s Network Code on Interoperability and Data Exchange will be implemented within the first six months of 2016, through which the operating rules of the Greek and Bulgarian natural gas grid operators will be coordinated. This will allow for smooth gas supply in any direction, depending on the European network’s needs.

Implementation of the Network Code on Interoperability and Data Exchange requires that an interconnection agreement between DESFA and Bulgartransgaz is reached, allowing for gas supply flow in either direction, as well as third-party access.

DESFA and Bulgartransgaz held a series of meetings in 2014 as part of the effort to implement, as soon as possible, the Network Code on Interoperability and Data Exchange, as well as other European network codes concerning the interconnection of neighboring EU member states, especially the capacity allocation code.

As part of the EU’s wider effort to establish a fully functional natural gas network with smooth supply between neighboring states, DESFA completed infrastructure projects allowing for reverse flow of gas to Bulgaria last May, through an existing interconnection point in Sidirocastro, northeastern Greece.