Tosheva presented to the Committee the Nabucco and South Stream projects to build gas pipelines via Bulgaria.
Bulgargaz Executive Director Dimiter Gogov said the addition of a sixth participant in the Nabucco project does not change its parameters. The construction of the gas pipeline is expected to start in 2009. Some 1,500 million cu m of gas are to be directed to the Bulgarian market, Gogov said.
Nabucco will carry gas from the Caspian region and Iran, but there is also a possibility that it will transport gas from Egypt as well, Gogov said.
The South Stream project will offer an additional route to carry gas from Russia to Southeastern Europe, said Tosheva. There are two possible routes: via Serbia and Austria or via Greece, she said.
Tosheva recalled that the rights to the pipeline which will pass via Bulgaria are divided between Bulgaria and Russia on a parity basis. The construction of the pipeline will take 24 months.