facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Bulgaria backs out of Russian pipe

March 13, 2013 at 6:39 AM   |   Comments

SOFIA, Bulgaria, March 13 (UPI) -- The Bulgarian Parliament said supporting the planned Burgas-Alexandroupolis oil pipeline was no longer feasible given the financial aspects of the project.

Bulgaria signed an agreement in 2007 with Russia and Greece to build the 174-mile Burgas-Alexandroupolis oil pipeline to bypass crowded waterways near Turkey by crossing an overland route to the Aegean Sea.

Outgoing Finance Minister Simeon Djankov said the project wasn't feasible and therefore couldn't get the financing necessary to move forward, reports the Sofia News Agency. Parliament passed a measure formally ending Sofia's ties to the pipeline.

Djankov said at a late 2011 meeting with government officials that Sofia planned to end its role in the pipeline project because of financial concerns.

Moscow claimed the Bulgarian government owes about $10.3 million related to the project. Bulgarian officials brushed off those threats, however, saying the pressure was intended more as a negotiation tactic than as a statement of intent.

The pipeline was designed to transport as much as 250 million barrels of oil per year.

© 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
GM recalls 221,000 Cadillacs and Impalas GM recalls 221,000 Cadillacs and Impalas
2
New National Security Cutter delivered to Coast Guard New National Security Cutter delivered to Coast Guard
3
First MT30 engine for Korean Navy frigates passes acceptance tests First MT30 engine for Korean Navy frigates passes acceptance tests
4
Ukraine's State Guard Service receives armored personnel carriers Ukraine's State Guard Service receives armored personnel carriers
5
Navy's Triton surveillance drone flies cross-country Navy's Triton surveillance drone flies cross-country
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback