The gas pipeline systems can be inter-connected between the two countries by 2011
On July 3, 2008 FGSZ Zrt. and a Plinacro, two companies as owners and operators of the Hungarian and a Croatian gas transmission networks signed the Agreement on Cooperation at Zagreb regarding the inter-connection of the natural gas transmission systems of the two countries. The two parties started the negotiations on the project implementation last year, and the laid down the detailed in a preliminary memorandum of understanding on May 31, 2007. Several studies and plans have been prepared since then, and, based on these documents, preparatory works for the construction of the transit pipeline can now be launched along the Városföld-Slobodnica route.
The domestic section of the pipeline (DN mm 75 bar) will be 210 km, whereas the Croatian section 88 km long. As part of the project international measuring stations will also be constructed at Drávaszerdahely and Donji Miholjac.
According to plans, the pipeline will be commissioned in the middle of 2011, and its completion will offer mutual benefits for both countries in the area of trade, security of supply and additional development opportunities.
Simultaneously with signing the Agreement, the Croatian electricity concern, Hrvatska Elektroprivreda (HEP) laid down in its letter of intent towards FGSZ Zrt. and Plinacro that it would wish to make use of the new pipeline as a potential shipper.
The project can fit well also to the NETS Project, launched by FGSZ in December 2007, as the Croatian Plinacro is – inter alia - also a member of this initiative. One of the goals of NETS is to improve the security of gas supply by diversifying the routes and sources of supply.