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January 16, 2021

Company that will build Giurgiu-Ruse natural gas pipeline could be chosen in December

Bulgaria expects the selection of a new contractor for the construction of the Giurgiu-Ruse natural gas pipeline in early December, following a public tender, Bulgarian Energy Minister Temenuzka Petkova stated on Friday, Bulgaria’s BTA news agency informs.
After the previous project company withdrew, in mid-September Bulgartransgaz invited interested companies to file their bids by October 16.
Temenuzka Petkova estimated that if the bids filed meet the requirements and no appeals against the candidate selected are filed, a new contractor could be selected in early December 2015.
The construction of a natural gas interconnector between Romania and Bulgaria is a project jointly implemented by Transgaz and Bulgartransgaz, the two countries’ natural gas transmission operators. The two companies have received a financing of up to EUR 8.9 M for this project from the European Energy Recovery Program.
The Giurgiu-Ruse pipeline will have a total length of approximately 25 kilometers, of which 15.4 km on Bulgarian territory, 5.2 km on Romanian territory and 4.14 km below the Danube River. At the same time, two stations for the measurement of technical parameters will also be built.
The Giurgiu-Ruse pipeline will have a maximum capacity of 1.5 billion cubic meters per year from Bulgaria to Romania, and of 500 million cubic meters per year from Romania to Bulgaria.
The project has a total estimated value of EUR 24 M, EUR 8.9 M being covered by the European Commission. Bulgartransgaz’s contribution totals EUR 14 M, while Romania’s Transgaz contributes EUR 10 M.

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