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Hungary-Austria link interest reopens case for BRUA

OMV Petrom still sees BRUA – and not BRUSKA – as the preferred export route for its Black Sea gas. Now an EU regulator could call for a new auction on the ditched Hungary-Austria interconnector OMV Petrom still sees BRUA – and not BRUSKA – as the preferred export route for its Black Sea gas. Now an EU regulator could call for a new auction on the ditched Hungary-Austria interconnector.
By Silvia Favasuli 4 December 2018 Europe & Russia / Exploration & Production 0 33546
A gas compression station in Baumgarten in Austria. (OMV)

Hungary’s bid to divert the Bulgaria-Romania-Hungary-Austria (BRUA) pipeline via Slovakia is facing opposition from at least one major Black Sea developer.

Ongoing interest from Romania’s OMV Petrom in a gas pipeline connection between Hungary and Austria means Europe’s Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER) may soon ask Hungarian transmission system operator (TSO) FGSZ to hold a new capacity auction on the previously shelved interconnector.

ACER launched proceedings regarding the ditched Hungary-Austria interconnector on 9 November, after it was notified of the lack...