Beside Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Romania the natural gas transmission has started from Hungary toward Croatia as well.
On 3 August the natural gas transmission started on the high pressure pipeline between Városföld in Hungary and Slobodnica in Croatia. The gas pipeline provides mutual benefits in the commercial area and security of supply, as well as offer opportunities for further development in both countries.
FGSZ Ltd and its Croatian partner Plinacro held negotiations from 2007 on the inter-connection of their high pressure transmission systems. The investment is a part of FGSZ NETS (New European Transmission System) concept, which aims to establish an efficient regional gas market as a result of cooperation among Central Eastern European gas transmission companies through the enhancement of regional security of supply and infrastructure development coordination (interconnectors, gas storages, LNG terminals).
The interconnection is of outstanding importance in respect of one of the energetic priorities of the European Union, i.e. the implementation of the North-South Gas Corridor, through which further gas sources become available for the Central Eastern and South Eastern European region and it is another step towards the establishment of a unified, transparent gas market.The pipeline is of 800 mm nominal diameter and of 75 bar pressure, with a length of 205 km in Hungary, and 88 km in Croatia. Maximum capacity of the pipeline is 19.2 million m3/day.
As part of the project international measuring stations were constructed at Drávaszerdahely and Donji Miholjac, a new compressor station was built at Báta, in addition the Városföld compressor station and node was expanded.
The pipeline will be able to transmit gas to both directions, using the supply option from the LNG terminal to be implemented later.
The pipeline was built co-financed by the European Union. Costs of the investment in Hungary amounted to HUF 80 billion.