Minister Malinov and U.S. Assistant Secretary Geoffrey Pyatt discussed energy co-operation

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Continued strategic co-operation between Bulgaria and the United States of America in the field of energy was the focus of a discussion between Energy Minister Vladimir Malinov and U.S. Assistant Secretary for Energy Resources Geoffrey R. Pyatt. They met in the Lithuanian capital, Vilnius, where a summit meeting of the Three Seas Initiative took place. “Thanks to the dialogue and successful partnership between our two countries, the Bulgarian energy sector meets the long-term diversification and sustainable development goals,” Minister Malinov underlined. In his words, both natural gas and nuclear energy have made key progress in terms of energy security.

They discussed the implementation of the initiative of the gas transmission operators of Bulgaria, Greece, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, Ukraine and Moldova for a Vertical Corridor. The development of the gas transmission infrastructure along this route is key to energy security not only in southeastern Europe, but also in Ukraine and Moldova, they agreed during the conversation.

U.S. Assistant Secretary for Energy Resources Geoffrey R. Pyatt expressed satisfaction with the appointment of an energy expert, with whom he had worked, as a caretaker energy minister.

He also stated that he would count on deepening bilateral co-operation in all areas of the sector, including nuclear energy, hydrogen and natural gas.

Minister Malinov stressed that the Ministry of Energy will work together with U.S. partners to develop a competitive and transparent energy market in Bulgaria.

Earlier, within the framework of his participation in the 9th Annual Meeting of the Delphi Economic Forum in Greece, Minister Malinov met with U.S. Ambassador to Greece H.E. George J. Tsunis. "We expect the liquefied gas terminal in Alexandroupolis, Greece, to be commercially operational next month. The implementation of the project will improve energy security in Bulgaria, Greece and the South-east European region,” Malinov highlighted during the discussion.


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