The European Commission adopted and published the fourth list of Projects of Common Interest ("PCI") on 31 October 2019 for a connected European energy grid, fit for the future providing clean, affordable and secure energy for Europeans. The list includes 149 energy infrastructure projects of key importance for the Energy Union, which connect the energy systems of EU Member States and which purpose is to achieve the objectives of sustainability, affordability and security of supply, as well as the long-term decarbonisation of the economy in accordance with the Paris Agreement.
The work on determining the PCIs is coordinated by regional groups, divided by infrastructures, where the projects of Bulgartransgaz EAD belong to the gas regional group. There are 4 priority infrastructure gas corridors defined by the Trans-European Networks for Energy (TEN-E), where Bulgaria falls within the North-South Gas Interconnections in Central Eastern and South Eastern Europe (“NSI East Gas”).
The projects identified as PCIs are eligible for funding under the Connecting Europe Facility ("CEF"), the EU's 30 billion fund for boosting energy, transport and digital infrastructure. In 2020 a total of € 998 million in CEF grants was allocated to 10 PCIs. The only gas project included in the ten PCIs is 6.8.3 Gas Interconnection Bulgaria-Serbia (IBS) - Construction works.
The projects of Bulgartransgaz EAD, part of the fourth list are included in the following clusters of projects:
Cluster № 6.8. of infrastructure development and enhancement enabling the Balkan Gas Hub, including the following PCIs:
- PCI 6.8.2 Rehabilitation, modernization and expansion of the Bulgarian transmission system;
- PCI 8.3 Gas interconnection Bulgaria — Serbia [currently known as "IBS"] (6.10 on the 3rd PCI list).
Cluster № 6.20. increase storage capacity in South-Eastern Europe, including one or more of the following PCIs:
The following projects were identified as PCIs in the third list, but are no longer considered as such and did not become part of the fourth:
- PCI 6.25.1 Pipeline system from Bulgaria via Romania and Hungary to Slovakia [currently known as ‘Eastring’]
- PCI 6.25.4 Infrastructure to allow the development of the Bulgarian gas hub
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