GAS Interconnection Bulgaria - Romania (IBR)

Gas interconnection Ruse - Giurgiu will connect Bulgarian and Romanian gas networks, which will increase the security of natural gas supplies through diversification of the country natural gas supply sources and routs, as well as it will provide the connection of Bulgarian gas network to the common European gas market. Possibilities will be created for achieving the regional mechanism for joint reaction during supply crisis, because Romania has own natural gas production and several deposits. For this purpose the project foresees ability for reverse gas flow.

Gas interconnection with Romania (Ruse - Giurgiu) will connect Bulgarian and Romanian gas networks, length around 23.8 km - pipeline length on the Bulgarian territory approx. 15.4 km; pipeline length on the Romanian  territory approx. 7.2 km; pipeline length of undercrossing the Danube River approx. 1.2 km. The project requires the construction of two gas metering stations (Ruse and Giurgiu). It is the first interconnection between the national transmission systems of Bulgaria and Romania. IBR initial capacity will be around 0.5 bcm/y (1.5 bcm/y maximal technical capacity).

In the beginning of June 2009 between Bulgartransgaz EAD and S.N.T.G.N. Transgaz S.A. a Memorandum of agreement was signed according to which the two countries are obliged to cooperate in the construction of the Gas Interconnection Bulgaria – Romania Project.

It is expected that the construction of the IBR interconnection will cost 27.6 million euro. During the realization of the project our country will receive grant co-financing from EU from the European Energy Programme for Recovery - 8.9  million euro (4.375 million euro grant for Bulgartransgaz EAD). The rest of the financing will be provided by the two gas companies (15 million euro - Bulgartransgaz EAD) and will be used mainly for co-financing the activities for the construction of the two gas metering stations (one on Bulgarian territory and one on Romanian territory) and for the supply of pipes and equipment.

The design and construction of the pipeline on Bulgarian and Romanian territory will be implemented separately by Bulgartransgaz EAD and respectively S.N.T.G.N. Transgaz S.A. The passage through Danube river will be realized by joint errand of the two companies for design and construction.

With Council of Ministers Decision №615/14.07.2009, the part of the gas pipeline Ruse - Giurgiu which will be implemented on Bulgarian territory is announced for project of national importance according to the Law for management of the territory.

Under the developed roadmap the pipeline will be put into operation in May 2013.

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