ECONOMY ENERGY

Romania and Bulgaria to build back-up natural gas pipeline under Danube

Bulgartransgas, the operator of the Bulgarian natural gas transmission grid, informed on Tuesday that Bulgaria and Romania will also build a back-up natural gas pipeline under the Danube River, which will come in addition to the main pipeline, Novinite informs.

In early April, Bulgartrans and Transgaz signed in Sofia a contract with Austria’s Habau PPS Pipeline Systems SRL, for the construction of the underwater section of the natural gas interconnector.

Apart from the main natural gas pipeline, Bulgartransgas and Transgaz signed on Monday a contract for the construction of a back-up pipeline that would link the two countries’ natural gas transmission grids. In line with Romanian legislation, the INSPET association was selected as the main constructor of this project, while PPS Pipeline Systems SRL has been selected as associate company.

The main pipeline is expected to become operational in mid-2016, and the back-up pipeline should be completed within a period of 214 days since the start of construction works on the territories of the two countries. The pipeline will have a length of 2.1 kilometres and a maximum annual capacity of 1.5 billion cubic metres.

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