Bulgaria Sees Gas Link with Romania Going Live in 2014
Tuesday, 01 October 2013
Bulgaria's gas interconnector with Romania, which is in an advance stage of development, is expected to be completed and go into operation in 2014, energy minister Dragomir Stoinev told a news conference on Monday.
The reverse flow pipeline will link under the Danube river the southern Romanian village of Comasca with Marten, in northern Bulgaria. The project will be implemented under a partnership between Transgaz and Bulgaria’s gas transmission system operator Bulgartransgaz. It envisages the construction of a 15 kilometre pipeline in Bulgaria, another 7.5 kilometres in Romania and a 2.0 underwater section.
At the same new conference Serbian energy minister Zorana Mihajlovic said she expects that any financing issues on the Serbian side related to the construction of a gas interconnector with neighboring Bulgaria would be resolved by the end of 2013.
A press release issued by the Bulgarian economy and energy ministry later in the day said the gas link is expected to become operational in 2017.
The 180-kilometre Nis-Dimitrovgrad-Sofia bi-directional pipeline will have a capacity of around 1.8 billion cubic metres per year.