Slovakia may have new underground gas storage

Project for construction of a new storage area near Nitra is back on the table.

Gas storage facility in Gajary.Gas storage facility in Gajary. (Source: Sme)

Capacities for underground storage of natural gas in Slovakia may be extended. A new facility capable of storing up to 1.5 billion cubic metres of gas may be constructed near the village of Golianovo close to Nitra.

The Economy Ministry okayed construction of the underground gas storage facility near Golianovo already eight years ago. But only this year real steps leading to its construction started to be taken, the SITA newswire reported.

In February the municipal office of Golianovo issued an announcement about the start of the development permit process. It was the company Engas that submitted the proposal for a development permit. Afterwards BellGass submitted its investment plan to build a pipeline to connect the compressor station in the village of Ivanka pri Nitre with the planned gas storage in Golianovo for environmental impact assessment.

“It is necessary to build the inter-connecting gas pipeline in order the underground storage facility can be filled with gas,” BellGass wrote in its investment plan.

The route of the pipeline, whose construction should cost about €8 million, should flank the existing transit gas pipeline. Construction of the approximately 13-km long pipeline should start in early 2017. Its construction should last about one year.

The current underground gas storage capacity in Slovakia is about 3 billion cubic metres. The existing facilities are operated by companies Nafta and Pozagas.

Another locality suitable for construction of a gas storage facility is in Ptrukša in eastern Slovakia. 

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