Belgrade expects to start purchasing Azerbaijani gas in early 2024, Serbian Mining and Energy Minister Dubravka Djedovic said, Report informs via Interfax.

“Serbia became more involved in the Southern Gas Corridor project at a later stage, but we are rapidly working on becoming part of this route. This will allow us to diversify our sources of gas supplies and make them more secure,” said Djedovic at a ministerial meeting within the advisory council on the Southern Gas Corridor (SGC) in Baku.

According to Djedovic, the construction of the Bulgaria-Serbia gas interconnector will be completed in the autumn of 2023.

“We expect the first gas supplies (from Azerbaijan) at the beginning of 2024, which also depends on the speed of commercial negotiations of all interested parties. We hope for the maximum effectiveness of the negotiations so that gas from Azerbaijan can reach Serbia as soon as possible,” the minister said.