The Serbian company Srbijagas and the Hungarian FGSZ have completed the construction of a linear part of the gas pipeline-bridge between the two countries. Hungary will be able to receive Russian gas through the trans-Black Sea gas pipeline, and not through Ukraine. This was announced on July 4 by the Serbian public television and radio company RTS.
“Srbijagas and the Hungarian company FGSZ have connected the Balkan Stream gas pipeline on the border with Hungary, which will in the future deliver gas from Turkey to Central Europe via Bulgaria and Serbia,” the statement said.
Gas supplies on the new route will begin on October 1.
Srbijagas CEO Dušan Bajatović said they had finally completed their long-term work and Serbia had received another supply route, bypassing Ukraine.
The Turkish Stream gas pipeline, which provides Russian gas across the Black Sea to Turkey and further south into Europe, opened in January 2020. Turkey, Bulgaria, Greece, Macedonia and Romania were the first to receive gas. From the beginning of 2021, Serbia, as well as Bosnia and Herzegovina, received gas by the new route. Balkan Stream is a continuation of TurkStream.
As it was reported earlier, on June 4 the president of Russia Vladimir Putin declared that laying of the first line of Nord stream-2 is completed. However, German government spokesman Steffen Seibert said that it is crucial to Berlin to maintain Ukraine's status as a gas transit country even after Nord Stream 2 would be fully exploited.