Bulgaria and Romania start joint tender to finish gas connection

23/03/2015 00:38 Natural Gas

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Bulgaria started a joint tender with Romania to accomplish the much-postponed gas interconnector between the Balkan neighbours, as declared by the state owned gas network operator Bulgartransgaz.

The Black Sea state, which obtains over 90 percent of its gas from Gazprom via one route, has boosted efforts to link its gas network to neighbours after Moscow suspended its South Stream pipeline project. The length of the reverse flow interconnection is 25 km, of which 15.4 km is in Bulgarian area and 7.5 km in Romania. Bulgartransgaz declared that Romania's state-owned gas pipeline operator Transgaz gave permissions to the Bulgarian firm to launch a joint public procurement for the building of the 2.1 km gas Danube pipeline undercrossing. Works on the 24 million euros ($25.69 million) pipeline started in 2012. According to the preliminary plan, the interconnector should have been complete in 2013, but the deadline was pushed back because of technical difficulties. The maximum transport capacity of the pipeline will be of 1.5 billion cubic metres of gas annually from Bulgaria, which aims to become a gas distribution hub for Europe, to Romania. The yearly capacity from Romania to Bulgaria will be 500 million cubic metres.

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