Romanian natural gas pipeline will go through Bulgaria

The Romanian Ministry of Energy has authorized the construction of a natural gas pipeline, which will go through Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary and Austria. Its name will be BRUA (composed of the first letters of all countries it will pass through) and it will connect the abovementioned states with the gas fields in the Black Sea and Caspian Sea. 

Work on the project will begin in the end of 2017, while the gas pipeline itself will be operational in 2020 when ExxonMobil and OMV Petrom will start extracting natural gas from the Black Sea. The project will be financially aided by the European Union, who will secure around 180 million euro, while the Romanian authorities will add another 220 million euro. The total length of the pipeline will be 550 km and it will have a maximum capacity of 1.5 billion cubic meters to Bulgaria and 4.4 billion – to Hungary.

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