Pipelines, Storage & Power

Hungary dances between BRUA and Eastring

Hungary is backing two pipeline projects to bring gas from the Black Sea that many see as competitors Hungary is backing two pipeline projects to bring gas from the Black Sea that many see as competitors.
By Dariusz Kalan 30 November 2017 0 28616
The Hungarian and Slovakian prime ministers standing by a pipeline. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban (left) and his Slovakian counterpart Robert Fico. (Hungarian govt)

Hungary’s commitment to both the Bulgaria-Romania-Hungary-Austria (BRUA) and Eastring pipeline projects could cement the country’s role as a crucial transit state for Black Sea gas, industry sources have told Interfax Natural Gas Daily.

Hungary signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Slovakia at the end of October to support Eastring, despite the project being seen in some quarters as a competitor to BRUA.

“It’s a business opportunity as well as opportunity to reduce risk of security of supply for Hungary and neighbouring countries,” Tamás Pletser, an energy...