Pipelines, Storage & Power

BRUA pipeline back on track, but doubts remain

The BRUA gas pipeline appears to be back on schedule, but rival projects in eastern Europe are causing speculation over its future The BRUA gas pipeline appears to be back on schedule, but rival projects in eastern Europe are causing speculation over its future.
By Dariusz Kalan 30 October 2017 0 28162
Baumgarten gas hub, Austria. Austria’s Baumgarten gas hub, which the BRUA pipeline will supply. (Nabucco)

Plans for a pipeline linking Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary and Austria (BRUA) are firmly on track, according to officials. However, the development of other gas projects in the region – including potential competitors to BRUA – has fuelled doubts that the pipeline will not be built. 

Plans for BRUA were revived in October, when Romania secured a €50 million ($58.2 million) loan for its section and the ‘open season’ was launched to allocate incremental capacity at the Romania-Hungary interconnector. 

The project had suffered a major...