Throughout the discussions with Bulgartransgaz EAD, the Bulgarian transmission system operator, Transgaz proposed for the interim period, a transmission capacity via Giurgiu-Ruse gas pipeline of 40.000 cm/h during the winter period, while the Bulgarian partner proposed, otherwise than as agreed, an offtake capacity of only 6000 cm/h, the Romanian company announced in a press release.
This statement comes after Bulgarian Energy Minister Temenuzhka Petkova announced last week that the gas flow through the interconnector between Romania and Bulgaria will not be fully enabled for the next two years.
“As operators of neighbouring gas transmission systems, Transgaz and Bulgartransgaz EAD agreed in 2009, under a Memorandum of Understanding, to achieve a bidirectional interconnection between the Romanian and the Bulgarian gas transmission systems in order to be able to cover the crisis situations and to strengthen the partnership and solidarity between the two companies.
Subsequently, the parties also considered the possibility to operate the future interconnection under commercial conditions and in 2011, Transgaz together with Bulgartransgaz, undertook the implementation of a functional bidirectional interconnection taking into account the necessities of the Bulgarian partner’s transmission system in terms of reverse flow offtake pressures even if the Romanian gas transmission system (NTS) is operated at lower pressures near the borders,” the release reads.
Therefore, in order to ensure inter alia the maximum operating parameters of the interconnection and a high degree of interconnectivity and flexibility of the NTS, Transgaz committed itself to the staged implementation of the project Development on the Romanian territory of the National Gas Transmission System on the Corridor Bulgaria-Romania-Hungary-Austria (BRUA), to be completed in December 2019.
After implementing stage 1 of the BRUA project, Transgaz will be able to ensure, at the Ruse-Giurgiu interconnection point, the maximum pressure parameters of the interconnection, in line with the agreed bilateral documents.
On the other hand, in order to allow for a more expeditious use of the Bulgarian-Romanian interconnection in reverse flow, to its full potential, Transgaz will take the necessary steps in view of prioritizing the construction works related to the Podisor Compressor Station.