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Eustream: Launching of Slovak-Hungary Interconnector threatened

THE LAUNCH of commercial operation of Slovakia-Hungary Interconnector scheduled for July 1 is threatened due to failure to meet the conditions of the contract on the part of the Hungarian partner Magyar Gaz Tranzit (MGT), according to the natural gas transit company Eustream.

The modernised Slovak-Hungarian section of the crude oil pipeline Adria was opened.(Source: SITA)

The Hungarian side has not so far handed over to the Slovak side the Slovak part of the Ipeľ river crossing section (IRCS) built between the municipalities Slovenské Ďarmoty and Balassagyarmat villages. It is a part of the pipe passing underneath the river Ipeľ, the construction of which , also on the Slovak territory, was realised by a Hungarian subcontractor selected by MGT.

“That fact is insuperable obstacle preventing the Slovak side from operation of the Slovak section of the  Slovak-Hungarian pipeline.” Eustream writes in its statement.

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Work on the pipeline itself and the optical link IRCS are completed, but the site is not put into a condition which should come under the relevant contracts. Eustream is not the owner of the relevant part of the pipeline under the river Ipeľ.

“Eustream does not accept the work until the safety of the whole region is ensured,” reads Eustream press release. “The Hungarian side is obliged to carry out a reconstruction of the first unsuccessful borehole IRSC, which is required by the Hungarian and Slovak authorities.”

Eustream stated that is ready to launch the commercial operation of the pipeline once the issue is solved. 

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