Construction site of BRHA gas pipeline, blocked by archaeological find

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Works on the Bulgaria-Romania-Hungary-Austria (BRHA) pipeline that will supply the four countries with the Black Sea gas risk being blocked in Gorj county, Romania, where several archaeological sites have been uncovered.

Transgaz, the operator of the national natural gas transmission system in Romania, announced the start of the construction of the National Gas Transmission System along the Bulgaria-Romania-Hungary-Austria (BRHA) corridor, a national interest project worth EUR 479 million, in June last year. However, the building yards were set in place only in this spring.

The gas pipeline is crossing Balanesti locality in Gorj, on a distance of 10 kilometres. Several archaeological sites have been discovered right there, so diggings are put on hold for the time being.

Only after the archaeologists establish if the sites risk being affected by the construction works or not, the works can be resumed.

There are more other archaeological sites on the pipeline’s route in other counties, as well.

The pipeline will cross Natura 2000 protected areas in four counties in those ten supposed to host it  (Giurgiu – Teleorman – Dâmboviţa – Argeş – Olt – Vâlcea – Gorj – Hunedoara – Caraş-Severin – Timiş).

In Gorj, the BRHA pipeline will cross 5,500 properties. Overall, BRHA will cross the Romanian territory on a 528km distance.

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