Gas can reach Hungary through new gas pipelines

Gas can reach Hungary through new gas pipelines

November 8, 2022 – 11:45 am

The natural gas pipeline connecting Greece and Bulgaria (IGB), Poland and Slovakia, which began commercial operation at the beginning of October, as well as the Baltic pipeline, which brings Norwegian gas to Poland, will enable Hungary to expand the scope of its purchases. The options, according to Pál Ságvári, the Hungarian Office of Energy and Utilities. (MEKH) The Vice President in charge of International Relations has been dispatched to MTI.

In the recent period, several gas pipelines have been developed in the region. Among these, the most important development from Hungary’s point of view is the construction of the last element of the North-South gas corridor connecting the Baltic Sea with the Adriatic.

The construction of the gas pipeline between Poland and Slovakia was also completed at the end of August, so the last missing component of the north-south gas corridor connecting the Baltic Sea with the Adriatic was laid.

With the new connector, 4.7 billion cubic meters of natural gas will be transported to Slovakia, while 5.7 billion cubic meters will be transported in the opposite direction. This development is important for Hungary because by operating the pipeline, traders can access new alternative sources of natural gas through the existing Hungarian-Slovak pipeline.

In addition, the Interconnector Greece-Bulgaria (IGB) pipeline began commercial operations on October 1, the first day of the new gas year. IGB has had its operating license for 50 years in Greece and 35 years in Bulgaria; The total capacity, with which the gas line started operating, is 3 billion cubic meters per year.

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The Baltic gas pipeline built by the Polish gas system was commissioned at partial capacity at the beginning of the gas year. The planned maximum capacity of the pipeline is 10 billion cubic meters per year. It aims to expand the sources of gas supply to Poland and Denmark, as well as other countries in the Baltic Sea region and Central and Eastern Europe. The project gives Poland direct access to Norwegian gas resources.

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