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FGSZ inaugurated its new gas compressor station in Csanádpalota

2019. 10. 07.

A compressor station was officially inaugurated in Csanádpalota today. The station will allow the delivery of 1.75 billion cubic meters of gas from Romania to Hungary via the ROHU gas pipeline. The cross-border pipeline is already capable of delivering this amount to Romania, and as a result of this HUF 6 billion investment, the possibility of reverse transmission will significantly expand.

FGSZ Zrt. accomplished the development in a cost-effective way by relocating the compressors previously operating in Hajdúszoboszló. As a result of the development, the interconnection pipeline with its annual capacity of 0.6 billion cubic meters, will be able to transport 1.75 bullion cubic meters of gas to our country. The total cost of implementing the gas compressor station in Csanádpalota is HUF 6 billion, which was fully financed by FGSZ’s own resources. The official inauguration of the compressor station was attended by Péter Szijjártó, Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Victor Micula, Romanian State Secretary of Foreign Affairs, and MOL Group Chairman-CEO Zsolt Hernádi.

Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó highlighted at the inauguration: “Security of energy supply means a historic challenge for the countries of the European Union. We will see progress only if each countries develop their own infrastructure and interstate connections, which also allows us to receive gas from new sources. Hungary has completed its task, and words were followed by actions: from May 2020 on, 1.75 billion cubic meters of gas may be transported annually. It has a great importance not only for Hungary and Romania, but also relevant for the whole region of South-Eastern Europe. It's time for the other countries to do their homework as well."

MOL Group Chairman-CEO Zsolt Hernádi said: "For us, people living here in the region, security of supply is a key issue. For the past 30 years, Hungary has done a lot to get free from the infrastructural trap: as a result of our developments, the entire gas market in the region is now more flexible and secure. MOL Group will continue to maintain and develop the needed infrastructure with the annual expense of 200 million euro.”

FGSZ Chairman and CEO Szabolcs Ferencz I. said: “The investment in Csanádpalota as part of the ROHU gas pipeline development is an important milestone in the BRUA gas pipeline project. The BRUA project is implemented with international cooperation, and aims to establish a gas corridor connecting Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary and Austria. I am proud of the performance of my colleagues and partners involved in the construction, which has enabled the Csanádpalota compressor station to be built in a cost-effective way, while meeting high professional standards.”

The pipeline is currently operating at full capacity between Hungary and Romania, and gas transport to Hungary is expected to start by mid-2020 following the developments of the Romanian side. As much larger volumes of bi-directional gas transport are thus available at the south-eastern border of the country, other gas resources besides the Romanian one may be transported to our region in the future. The supply security, the development of the regional energy market and the BRUA gas pipeline playing a crucial part in the dynamics of bilateral energy connections all contribute to the importance of this project for Hungary.

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