The gas interconnector between Romania and Bulgaria will be launched in June, energy minister Dragomir Stoynev said.
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. Later Romanian gas pipeline operator Transgaz said the gas link would be completed by mid-April at the latest.
The delay is due to technical issues caused by subsidence under the Danube water level, Stoynev was quoted as saying in a press release.
At the beginning of the month, the Bulgarian deputy economy minister said Bulgaria will be able to get up to 0.5 billion cubic metres (bcm) of gas annually via the interconnector with Romania, using only a third of its planned capacity since Romania has failed to build a compression station near the capital Bucharest as planned.
The reverse flow gas link under the Danube will connect the southern Romanian village of Comasca with Marten, in northern Bulgaria. The project will be implemented jointly by Romania's Transgaz and Bulgaria’s gas transmission system operator Bulgartransgaz.