At the end of Μarch 2007, Mr. Prodromos Emfietzoglou presented his proposition for the construction of a new Natural Gas Pipeline that will connect Russia – Bulgaria – Greece and Italy. The aforementioned new European pipeline will safely cover the increased needs for natural gas not only of Greece, Bulgaria and Italy but also of Southern France and Spain. This new pipeline will start from the Russian terminal in Black Sea where the existing Blue Stream Pipeline begins and following an underwater path will be routed to Burgas in Bulgaria. From Burgas in parallel with the oil pipeline, it will connect with the natural gas pipeline of Greece and Turkey in Alexandroupolis.
Construction of a new Natural Gas Pipeline that will connect Russia – Bulgaria – Greece and Italy
The existing section from Alexandroupolis to Thessaloniki should be supported with a second branch, while the section from Thessaloniki to Igoumenitsa should be examined for a cross-section in order to safeguard the capability of the pipeline to transfer both Russian natural gas from the new pipeline and natural gas from Azerbaijan and Iran through Turkey. Moreover, the underwater pipeline that connects Greece and Italy should be examined in order to safeguard the capability of it to transfer the increased quantities of natural gas jointly from the two pipelines.