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
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.