Bratislava, September 24 - Neftegaz.RU. The Eastring bi-directional gas pipeline interconnector is expected to increase energy security in the region of south-eastern Europe. This could also translate into more advantageous prices for end consumers, European Commission Vice-president for EU Maroš Šefcovič said during the presentation of the feasibility study for Eastring offering a direct transmission route between West EU liquid hubs and the Balkan region/Turkey.
The feasibility study shows that several alternatives are technically, as well as economically feasible, said Rastislav Ňukovič, general director of the Eustream. The feasibility study recommends the 1,208 km route while the price tag is estimated at €2.6 billion.
If the project for the pipeline connecting Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary and Slovakia wins final approval, construction could start in 2022 with the pipeline becoming operational at the beginning of 2025, said Ňukovič. «The positive outcomes of the feasibility study represent an important milestone in common project development and move us closer toward investment decisions,» he was cited by Reuters.
The interconnector would have a capacity of 20 billion m3 a year during the 1st phase and this would be expected to double during the 2nd one. The pipeline will reduce south-eastern Europe’s reliance on Russian supplies and its initial demand would be 12 billion m3, according to the feasibility study.
Tomáš Mareček, chair of the board of directors at Eustream, specified that it will be primarily the customers set to use the pipeline who will be involved in the project’s financing via long-term contracts adding that part of the sum will be covered by the EU and a loan from the European Investment Bank or the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.