Gazprom considers establishing storage capacities in Dobrogea

The Russian Government aims at strengthening the transit infrastructure towards the Balkans, according to newspaper ‘Adevarul.’ The new storage capacities shall be at maximum 250 km from the transit pipe that crosses South East of Romania. Gas producer Romgaz and the energy giant Gazprom target the establishment of a joint venture for the construction of gas storage capacities in Romania. “We are analyzing some spaces, which we shall present the Russians until end of the year. The term if for them to be at maximum 250 km from the transit pipe,” Marcel Piteiu, general manager of Romgaz, said while at Medias.

The gas pipe through which Gazprom exports gas to the Balkans crosses Romania through Dobrudja from Isaccea to Negru Voda. In his turn, Dumitru Rotar, production and exploitation manager within Romgaz, says that the establishment of other storage capacities near the transit pipe does not exclude cooperation with the Russians within the storage project from Margineni, Neamt County. “If that capacity is not developed with the Russians, then the project continues in any terms,” according to Romgaz officials.

The talks between the Romanian and the Russian producers on Margineni storage capacity, two billion cubic meters, started five years ago, but Gazprom feared to make a decision prior to its participation in the completion of the feasibility study, estimated for this autumn. The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has recently expressed interest to invest in the construction of gas storage capacities in South East of Europe, Romania included.

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