Transgaz, FGSZ wish to launch open season procedure for Romania – Hungary BRUA project’s section

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Romanian and Hungarian gas grid operators Transgaz and FGSZ, respectively, wish to launch the open season procedure for the Romania – Hungary (ROHU) section of the BRUA project, with a bidirectional flow capacity of 1.75 billion cubic meters per year due to be ensured at the Romanian – Hungarian border by the end of 2019, according to a joint release of the two companies sent to the Bucharest Stock Exchange (BVB).

“FGSZ and Transgaz have received various questions and drew the interest of the media at high level regarding the ROHU revised version of the ROHUAT initial plan. We’d like to thank for all the commentaries we have received from the market actors and tell them that we are further planning to launch the Open Season Procedure for the ROHU section of the project. FGSZ and Transgaz wish to emphasise their commitment to go on with their partnership with a view to developing bidirectional capacity at the Romanian – Hungarian border in two stages of the project, that will ensure the gas transport based on the BRUA corridor’s objectives,” the two companies’ release reads.

According to them, the first stage will ensure 1.75 billion cubic meters per year firm bidirectional capacity at the border between Romania and Hungary by the end of 2019. This project has already been approved by the national regulation bodies in both Romania and Hungary, the final relevant investment decisions were already made, and the project is in the development stage as per the BRUA planning. No delays are scheduled in the next period, the release mentions.

Furthermore, the second stage will ensure a firm bidirectional capacity of 4.4 billion cubic meters per year at the border between Romania and Hungary, by the end of 2022. The works foreseen for the second stage will comprise the following projects: on Hungary’s border: the Csanádpalota compressor station, stage II; the extension of the Városföld compressor station; the connection at Gödöllo node on the Vecsés-Szada pipeline’s segment; the lengthening of the Szada compressor station – the MGT project. The following projects are mentioned on Romania’s border: the Recas – Horia 32″ x 63 bar pipeline, of rd 50 km; the expansion of three compressor stations (SC Podisor, SC Bibesti and SC Jupa) by installing an additional compressor in each station; the expansion of the SMG Horia gas metering station.

“The final investment decision will be made following the market’s positive interest, that will be expressed the long of the Open Season Procedure related to the ROHU. This will allow the Network Users to consider, besides the Hungarian Virtual Trading Point, export capacities that could be reserved by the neighbouring countries. The national energy regulators ANRE and MEKH also wish to highlight that both the ROHUAT and the ROHU procedures are fully compliant with the enforceable national and European legislation, contribute at their best to the development of the Eastern Europe’s natural gas market, supply the own industrial and domestic consumers and, most importantly, support the safety and the diversification of the supply sources,” the release adds.