A Bulgarian gas supplier Bulgargaz received enquiries from the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition regarding its natural gas supply agreements, the company said in a statement. The period under investigation covers the past few years, with the Commission seeking information about supplier and partner contract relationships and details on supplies.
The EC has sent questions to Bulgargaz related to its recent contract concluded with Turkish pipeline operator BOTAS.
In January, Bulgargaz signed a long-term deal with BOTAS to gain access to Turkey’s natural gas network and five liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals, as part of efforts to diversify its sources of supply after Russia’s Gazprom ceased deliveries to Bulgaria soon after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The first LNG delivery to Bulgaria, from US company Cheniere, arrived in April 2023.
Bulgaria covers its energy needs with deliveries of natural gas from Azerbaijan via the Greece-Bulgaria interconnector and supplementary volumes of LNG from terminals in Greece and Turkey.