Possible delays concerning gas link with Serbia-Bulgaria due to steel shortages

Possible delays concerning gas link with Serbia-Bulgaria due to steel shortages

A consortium of companies building in Serbia a gas link with Bulgaria has warned about possible delays in the construction due to steel shortages caused by the war in Ukraine, the Serbian energy ministry said.

Due to the crisis, at present no companies that can deliver the necessary amounts of steel, the energy ministry said in a statement on Thursday.

The construction of the gas link is due to be completed next year, energy minister Zorana Mihajlovic said in the statement.

The construction of the 109 km Nis-Dimitrovgrad pipeline, with a capacity of 1.8 billion cubic metres of gas annually, started on February 1.

The government said at the time that the deadline for the 85.5 million euro ($94.2 million) project is October 2023.

In a statement on its website dated January, Serbian welding company Konvar said that the gas link is being built by a consortium which, apart from it, includes Austria's construction company HABAU Hoch and local steel construction maker Celik.

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