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May 14, 2021

Energy Ministry takes steps for start of BRUA southern corridor

+ BRUA will supply Central Europe with natural gas from the Caspian Sea region and the Black Sea offshore blocks


Tomorrow, June 8, Energy Ministry Secretary of State Cristian Busu will back, within the Senate’s Public Administration Commission, the legislative draft that concerns the measures needed to implement the project on the construction of the Bulgaria – Romania – Hungary – Austria (BRUA) pipeline section on Romania’s territory.

According to the information offered by Transgaz, the National Natural Gas Transmission Company, the development of the BRUA pipeline section on Romania’s territory is part of the upward trend of European Union energy independence. EU and national authorities are looking for the most diverse and optimal solutions in order to supply corporate and household consumers with natural gas, against the backdrop of constant growth in consumption and the fall in domestic production, and to ensure the security of supply.

Bearing in mind the outlook of the materialisation of new projects that aim at diversifying natural gas transmission routes from the Caspian Sea region to Central Europe, as well as the development of new sources of natural gas in Black Sea offshore blocks, Transgaz plans to build a new pipeline that would ensure that the sources of natural gas are put to good use on the Romanian and European markets and the possibility of permanent reverse flow through the interconnections with Bulgaria and Hungary.

This project entails the development of natural gas transmission capacities between the existing points of interconnection with the natural gas transmission grids of Bulgaria (in Giurgiu) and Hungary (Csanadpalota), through the construction of a new pipeline with a total length of around 550 km, on the Giurgiu-Podisor-Corbu-Hurezani-Hateg-Recas-Horia route, and of three compression stations (located in Corbu, Hateg and Horia).

After it comes online, the pipeline will have a capacity of 1.5 billion cubic metres per year toward Bulgaria and of 4.4 billion cubic metres per year toward Hungary.

The completion deadline is 2019, and the project’s estimated value is EUR 560 M. The project is included on the first list of EU Common Interest Projects, with number 7.1.5, and is proposed for inclusion on the second CIP list that will be adopted at the end of 2016.

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