The construction of a gas interconnector between Romania and Bulgaria will be completed by mid-April at the latest, Romanian gas pipeline operator Transgaz said.
The drilling works have been delayed due to the geological characteristics of the area and heavy snowfall in January and February, Transgaz officials told Sofia-based corporate news provider SeeNews.
In January Bulgaria’s gas transmission system operator Bulgartransgaz said that the interconnector is expected to be completed and put into operation by the end of March.
The project for the 25-kilometre pipeline under the Danube river linking the southern Romanian village of Comasca with Marten, in northern Bulgaria, is being implemented jointly by Bulgartransgaz and Transgaz. It includes the construction of a 15 kilometre pipeline in Bulgaria, another 7.5 kilometres in Romania and a 2.5 underwater section.
Last week Bulgaria's deputy economy minister Ivan Ayolov said Bulgaria will be able to get up to 0.5 billion cubic metres (bcm) of gas annually via the interconnector, using only a third of its planned capacity. Romania has failed to build a compression station near the capital Bucharest as planned, thwarting Bulgaria's plans to receive up to 1.5 bcm annually through the link, he added.