Bulgaria blast cuts gas supply

Greece’s natural gas supply from Bulgaria was interrupted yesterday after an explosion near the village of Dolno Balgarchevo, southwestern Bulgaria, resulted in the partial shutdown of the cross-country network. Greek authorities said they covered the gas demand with existing stored amounts. The explosion took place at about 7.30 a.m. in Bulgaria due to a gas leak that damaged about 10 meters of the gas pipeline. The exact causes behind the explosion are not yet known. Bulgarian authorities shut down the network as a precautionary measure and expect to get it operating again in the next few days. According to DESFA, the company that manages Greece’s natural gas network, stored amounts in Revithoussa, an island west of Athens, can meet domestic demand for the next week.