Wednesday, 7 January 2009

Gas Problems for Bulgaria

Bulgaria hit hard by Russian-Ukrainian gas dispute

SOFIA, Jan 7 (KUNA) -- The Russian decision, made on Tuesday, to halt all gas supplies to Europe via Ukraine, has escalated Bulgaria's concerns about the specter of an energy crisis.

The dramatic escalation of a week-long energy dispute between Moscow and Kiev led to depriving Bulgaria's gas giant BulgarGas of the supplies from the Russia-Ukraine-Romanian-Bulgaria pipeline.

Bulgaria, in turn, cut the gas supplies to Greece, Turkey and Macedonia which risks posing a critical energy crisis in Europe coupled with the bad weather this winter.

Several hospitals, schools, kindergartens and elderly houses across Bulgaria had to use kerosene in their warming systems instead of gas.

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