By Pratap John/Chief Business Reporter

Bulgaria expects to sign an agreement with Qatar for liquefied natural gas supply even as it seeks Qatari investment in a major LNG terminal project in Greece that will diversify supply source to many Balkan countries in Europe.
“Today we have discussed these issues with Qatar and are happy about the outcome of the talks with the country’s leadership,” said Bulgarian Minister of Economy and Energy Dragomir Stoynev in an interview with Gulf Times in Doha
Stoynev said the proposed LNG regasification terminal would provide the “much needed security of supply” of natural gas for his country.
If Qatar invests in the LNG terminal project, the Bulgarian minister said, “it will have a wider market as many Balkan countries such as Serbia, Macedonia, Kosovo and Albania will make use of the Qatari gas”. Interconnectors are now being built to give Baltic states access to the project.
Bulgaria is interested in taking part in projects that are related to 2022 FIFA World Cup in Doha, he said.
He also said Bulgaria had urged Qatar to consider direct flights between Doha and Sofia.
“Currently Qatar Airways flies to Sofia with a stopover in Bucharest,” he said. Business Pages 1, 16



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