A new gas pipeline has officially been opened in Bulgaria.
The 80km pipeline in Silistra, operated by Bulgartransgaz, has a transmission capacity of 100,000 cubic meters per hour.
The €12.3 million (£9m) project was partly financed by the Kozloduy International Decommissioning Support Fund (KIDSF), which was established in June 2000 to support Bulgaria with closing and decommissioning four nuclear units due to safety concerns.
The fund is managed by the European Bank by Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and received contributions from countries including the UK, Ireland, Switzerland and Greece.
The EBRD said: “[The pipeline] is essential for the future development of the gas distribution system and the supply of natural gas to households and industrial consumers in the region.
“Promoting communal gas supplies as an alternative source is part of mitigation measures implemented in parallel with the decommissioning of the Kozloduy reactors 1-4.”