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Romania could export natural gas to Hungary starting December 2013

Romania could export natural gas via the Arad-Szeged pipeline starting this December and reach a maximum export capacity in 2016, on an investment of nearly 120 million euros, according to a 2013-2016 management plan of Romania’s national natural gas transmission operator Transgaz, Agerpres reports.
‘In order to be able to use the full capacity of the interconnection this way- 4.4 billion cubic metres a year – works are needed both on the Romanian portion and on the Hungarian one as well, with the two parties having agreed on a schedule that shows the project will end by December 2016, after a market survey is conducted in the second half of 2013,’ reads the plan, which says that starting December 2013 gas transmission from Romania to Hungary should become possible.
The plan also puts the estimated value of the total investment at nearly EUR 120 M. ‘The implementation of this project secures the premises for opening up an essential transmission corridor from the Black Sea to the Central and Eastern European markets. At the same time, the project is able to facilitate a potential flow from Bulgaria to Hungary and Austria – via the Ruse-Giurgiu interconnection and transmission via Romania. In order to observe the provisions in Regulation (EU) No 994/2010 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 October 2010 concerning measures to safeguard security of gas supply and repealing Council Directive 2004/67/EC, Romania has to safeguard the conduct of two-way natural gas supplies via the existing interconnections,’ the plan also says.
Transgaz representatives say that given the regional importance and the increased value of the investment, the project was recommended to be included on the list of Projects of Common Interest (PCI) at the EU level to be approved by the end of the current year.
The Arad-Szeged pipeline was commissioned in 2010, but currently gas can only be moved from Hungary to Romania via it. This interconnection had been supported by the European Commission under the European Energy Programme for Recovery (EEPR) started up by the European Commission in the wake of a January 2009 natural gas crisis.

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