Turkish Stream Gas is expecting a potential hazard after the Nord Stream 1 and 2 explosions because it travels via Bulgaria. Turkish stream is in danger after the unexplained destruction of the Nord stream between Russia and Germany, according to a transcript of a meeting of the Bulgarian cabinet last week. A prospective attack on Turkish Stream gas, which heightens the tension between the two countries, was the primary reason for the extraordinary conference organised on September 30.
Energy Minister Rosen Hristov explained to his colleagues that Bulgaria was especially mentioned as a nation with the highest probability of an attack because it is a nation through which the “Turkish Stream” flows. He also expressed his opinions concerning the security of the such infrastructure.
He stated that immediately following the report, a meeting of the Crisis Staff was called to discuss the issue. One recommendation is to conduct a stress test on Bulgaria’s infrastructure protection systems. After that, further action will be taken if required. The other ministers’ comments and inquiries about the announcement were not prompted.
The three Nord Stream gas pipeline pipes between Germany and Russia were unprecedentedly wrecked on September 26 this year. The explosion occurred in Sweden’s water. After the incident, the Swedish Police launched an investigation into a gross sabotage crime following the first protocol.
Due to this, the “Turkish Stream,” which runs via Bulgaria, became the only operational pipeline for bringing Russian gas into Europe. Two weeks later, Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed building a gas terminal in Turkey in order to “make the primary supply routes of our natural gas to Europe through Turkey” to replace the lost volume of transit through Nord Stream.
On January 1, 2020, Gazprom started delivering gas through TurkStream to Bulgaria and North Macedonia to replace deliveries made through the Trans-Balkan pipeline through Ukraine and Romania. President Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan officially opened the pipeline on January 8, 2020.