Mihajlovic: Serbia will switch to a crisis plan, if Bulgaria stops the transit of gas
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Mining and Energy said that the state is ready if the supply of gas through Bulgaria is interrupted and that it will launch a crisis plan in order to ensure a stable supply to the Serbian market.
"We should not forget that Bulgaria is 100 percent dependent on Russian gas and does not have the possibility to procure gas for its own needs from other sources. The capacity of the gas pipeline from Greece is small, they did not make an agreement with Turkey on additional quantities. If it happens that Serbia does not receive the agreed quantities through transit, we have two possibilities for which we are completely ready. One is to use gas from Banatski dvor, where we have gas in 21 days only in the Serbian part, and in Russian in 22 days we have gas. Five million cubic meters of gas can be extracted from Banatski dvor every day, and we can additionally start, if necessary, in crisis plan number two - that means substituting gas with some other energy source, usually fuel oil, or even limiting the contract. So, if it happens that Bulgaria takes part of our gas, we are ready and have a plan, but we hope that it will not happen," said Mihajlovic.