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OVERGAS IS THE ONLY APPLICANT FOR DANUBE GAS REGION

Overgas is the only company that applied for a gas distribution licence for the Danube gas region. Although the Black Sea Technological Company bought tender documents, too, it did not submit an offer by the deadline, July 4. Initially, the State Commission for Energy and Water Regulation hesitated whether to extend the competition term, but later its experts decided to open the offer of the single applicant.In practice, no serious competition was expected, as the SCEWR issued a licence for gas distribution in Rousse to Overgas, following a September 2004 resolution of the Supreme Administrative Court. Due to changes in the gas account made by the cabinet in late April, the municipalities of Tsenovo and Slivo Pole were added to the territory of the region, while Isperih, Popovo, Razgrad, Rousse and Targovishte for which licences were already issued were removed. This is the fourth consecutive tender for attracting investors in which it is almost certain that Overgas will take the licence. In theory, however, the term in which the five-member commission led by Ignat Tomanov, Deputy Chairman of the regulator, should make a decision on the competition expires on October 4. The law allows us, in case of necessity, to hire a foreign expert to assess the offer and to pay him BGN500. But I think that we can do it by ourselves and we'll try to finish the review of the offer far before the deadline, Mr. Tomanov commented for the BANKER weekly.A tender procedure for selecting an investor for the West region has begun, too. The region was established by uniting the previous West and Struma regions in another larger one called West. The new territory spreads from Vratsa to Gotse Delchev, but does not include the city of Sofia for which Overgas already acquired a licence, as well as other municipalities for which gas distribution licences have been issued, too.

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