Russian President Vladimir Putin and Gazprom chief Alexei Miller gave a promise that Serbia will receive gas in the first half of next year regardless of the outcome of Russian-Ukrainian talks on a new gas transit agreement. One option is the Turkish Stream, but in this case it all depends on the completion of works on the Bulgarian section of the pipeline.
“Russian experts point out that Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov does not pursue a perfectly rational and responsible policy when it comes to the ‘Turkish Stream’, but that this flow is not the only option for supplying Serbia with gas. There are gas pipelines in Western Europe as well as liquid gas terminals which may be an alternative”.
Chief expert of the National Energy Security Fund and a research associate at the Government of the Russian Federation’s at Financial University, Stanislav Mitrahovich, believes that Serbia can also be supplied with gas from Hungary.
“There are quite large underground gas reserves in Hungary, so if gas transit through Ukraine is interrupted, Serbia can be secured in this way. But, this is a short-term solution. On the other hand, gas can be delivered not only through Hungary and Bulgaria, but also from Austria. The North Stream pipeline goes through Germany, the Czech Republic and Austria, and from Austria to Hungary”, Mitrahovic said.
Although he is convinced that the Turkish Stream will still be completed on time, Mitrahovich points out that there is a theoretical possibility that Serbia will be supplied with certain quantities of liquid gas, which will not play a significant role, because Serbia is a big consumer.
Mitrahovich also believes that, in that case, Serbia could be pressured by America to buy its liquid gas through Croatia or Greece. Although some experts see the delivery of liquid gas from the Russian terminals at Jamal and Sakhalin as a possible solution, others are not convinced of the feasibility of this venture.
Dimitrij Adimov, an expert in the energy sector, believes that there are various options through which Serbia can obtain gas, including liquid gas, but the problem is that this solution is not direct delivery. In addition, as Gazprom exists in Serbia, it will certainly be obliged, according to Adimov, to find a solution one way or another, and there is no doubt about that, B92 conveys the news.