Gas pipeline between Arad and Szeged DN700 PN63
FGSZ Ltd. and Transgaz S.A., as the owners and operators of the Hungarian and Romanian high-pressure natural gas transmission systems, signed a Memorandum of Understanding in January 2008, then a Development Agreement on July 1, 2008 regarding the inter-connection of their natural gas transmission systems in order that they can meet, as energy companies of next door EU member states, both the standards laid down in the relevant EU Directive (67/EC) and the legal requirements in effect in their respective countries.
The parties have agreed to inter-connect the natural gas transmission systems of the two countries with a new pipeline by the middle of 2010 between Arad and Szeged. FGSZ Ltd. built the pipeline section in Hungary, whereas Transgaz in Romania. The parties themselves financed the construction costs of the relevant sections of the pipeline with utilizing EU financial support as well.
The pipeline transmits gas from Hungary to Romania, but the the possibility of transmitting gas to the opposite direction is potential by further technical conditions.
The main figures of the project:
- All project contracts were signed, design and planning works completed and licensing processes started in 2008.
- Archaeological excavation works commenced between Makó and Csanádpalota in 2009. Pipes for pipeline construction were delivered in the first quarter, and the main contractor began the construction operations.
- The whole Algyő - Csanádpalota section was completed at the end of December 2009. The pilot operation has commenced.
- The material for the border-crossing section was manufactured to the deadline above and the necessary intergovernmental agreement was signed on 12th May 2010, so the constraction of this section was comleted in July. After the successful technical takeover, the whole system test operation commenced in summer 2010 and pipeline has been operating from end of test operation.
- the lenght of domestic pipeline: 47 km.