Bulgartransgaz, Bulgaria’s natural gas transmission company, has selected an Austrian company for the completion of works on the gas interconnector between natural gas grids of Romania and Bulgaria, Bulgarian Energy Minister Temenuzka Petkova stated on Thursday, BTA informs. Petkova added that the interconnector is expected to be completed in the second half of this year.
The project is jointly implemented by Transgaz and Bulgartransgaz, the two countries’ natural gas transmission companies. For this project, the two companies received grants of up to EUR 8.9 M from the European Energy Programme for Recovery (EEPR).
The Giurgiu-Ruse pipeline will have a total length of approximately 25 km – 15.4 km on Bulgarian territory, 5.2 km on Romanian territory and 4.14 km under the Danube River. Two metering stations will also be built. The Giurgiu-Ruse natural gas pipeline will have a maximum capacity of 1.5 billion cubic metres per year from Bulgaria to Romania, and 500 million cubic metres per year from Romania to Bulgaria.