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Moving forward with BRUA pipeline network

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Actions regarding the BRUA pipeline have moved forward, arguably making it one step closer to European energy diversity.

In a recent meeting in Budapest, agreements were signed for the building of the Romanian section of the BRUA pipeline network, which will run through Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary and Austria. Representatives of the European Commission and the Energy Ministers of 12 EU countries attended the meeting, which included the signing of the €179 million agreement by the Romanian state-owned gas transporter, Transgaz Medias.

EU Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, Miguel Arias Cañete, is reported to have told Euronews: “We are establishing a network. Not a big traditional pipeline, but smaller pipelines with reverse flows that permit the gas to flow north-south [and] east-west and the region will have more sources of energy available, more competition and cheaper energy.”

The BRUA pipeline will connect eastern and central Europe to gas fields in the Caspian and Black Seas. The pipe network will stretch 528 km in Romania alone. The network is expected to 4 billion m3 per year to Hungary from 2019, which will massively assist the country as it is currently dependent on supplies from Russia.

Victor Vlad Grigorescu, the Romanian Energy Minister, said: “This pipeline will get important financial support from the European Union through the so-called Mechanism of Projects of Common Interest. It will be around €180 million, to which we add our part – at least another €220 million – that the Romanian Transport Operator will add to this project. Besides energy security, this means jobs [and] GDP growth.”

According to Natural Gas Europe: “The meeting also saw the adoption of an Action Plan on regulatory issues to smooth out the operation of existing and planned infrastructure in the region and to improve market functioning.”

Edited from various sources by Anna Nicklin

Sources: Natural Gas Europe, Euronews, Romania Insider

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