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Romania, Bulgaria, Austria, Hungary to complete pipeline

BRHA project to be completed by all four States

29 September, 11:11
(ANSA) - BUCHAREST - The BRHA (Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, Austria) gas pipeline project will be completed by all four states involved, according to a Memorandum of Understanding signed in Bucharest yesterday, Romanian Energy Minister Toma Petcu has told in a press conference.

''We are in a very advanced phase with the BRHA project. We have issued the building permit, we have ongoing procedures for the assignment of the construction works, for the design part and the equipment part for the stations have already been signed and in December the contracts for the execution part are to be signed and pipeline purchase is to be completed,'' Minister Petcu said.

''I wish BRHA to start at the same time in all four states, not only in Romania but also in Bulgaria, Hungary and Austria, and I would like it to be completed, both Phase I and Phase II, at the same time, otherwise the objective for which this gas pipeline has been approved and financed would not be achieved.

All ministers and the European Commission have agreed upon this,'' Toma Petcu said.

''In the memorandum we've signed, all countries have agreed and clearly established that there will be a reverse-flow interconnection, i.e. in both directions, in all four states.

Including between Hungary and Austria,'' the Romanian minister added.

According to The Romania Journal, Transgaz informed in a press release in July that the BRHA gas pipeline will no longer cross Hungary, the operator of the gas transmission system in this country, FGSZ, proposing that the volume of gas coming from Romania to be distributed from Hungary to Slovakia, Ukraine, Croatia or Serbia. (ANSA).

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