Update: Hungarian gas transmission operator on Black Sea gas: ‘What are you going to do with it? Burn it?’ PNL Deputy calls statements as bellicose


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A less common press conference took place on Wednesday, in Bucharest, organised by the Hungarian gas transmission operator, FGSZ, with no Romanian official attending, not even a representative of the Romanian gas operator, Transgaz. Transgas and FGSZ are partners in the BRHA pipeline project, hotnews.ro informs.

FGSZ head, Kristof Terhes, launched several provocative messages regarding the output of natural gas in the Black Sea, the gas consumption in Romania and the interconnection with the BRHA pipeline. Let’s recall that in 2017 Hungary unilaterally decided that the building of BRHA pipeline will not go further to interconnect with Austria, as the initial project said, and to redirect the gas to neighbouring countries. Following an auction in December last year, the gas transmission capacity of BRHA pipeline has been booked by two Hungarian companies until 2037, the same source informs.

The FGSZ manager said the Black Sea gas production will reach Hungary, from there on to Slovakia and indirectly to Austria, with supplies to Ukraine, Serbia and Croatia as well. The message is that the distribution of the Romanian gas will take place in Hungary.

Kristof Terhes claimed the idea to supply gas to Ukraine and Bulgaria is not feasible.

He ironically said Romania does not have the capacity to consume the gas from the Black Sea, as there is no petro-chemical industry and the population is connected to the gas network in a share of 30-35%, whereas in Hungary the share is 95%.

“You don’t have petro-chemical industry, you can’t use the gas as raw material. What are you going to do with the gas? Burn it, make a big fire?” Kristof Terhes asked.

He said Hungary did a favour to Romania by putting an end to the BRHA pipeline in the neighbouring country and not continuing it to Austria, as the extension of the pipeline would have cost some USD 1 billion, involving higher transit costs.

PNL deputy calls statements as ‘bellicose’

PNL Deputy, Lucian Bode, said on Thursday that the statements made by the FGSZ chief are ‘bellicose’ and calls for the intervention of European Commission, digi24.ro reports.

“I am deeply surprised and disgusted by the recent statements in Bucharest made by the FGSZ representative, Mr. Kristof Terher,” Bode said, quoting the declarations.

Bode believes the statement and the ironic tone of addressing Romania are unacceptable and should not be remain unsanctioned, being contrary to the spirit of cooperation and partnership for the BRHA project.

“Our position in unequivocal. Romania decides on its own the ways to develop the horizontal industry!” Bode said, adding that the FGSZ representative’s message is offending.

“I want to request the intervention of the European Commission in regard to the bellicose statements of the FGSZ official, given that the BRHA is seen as a European project, a project meant to ensure the energy security of the EU. The silence of Romanian authorities is suspect in this case, considering the renowned incapacity to react of the Economy Minister, Danut Andrusca, to whom Transgaz is subordinated,” Bode said.

map: intitial BRHA project

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