BRUA Gas Pipeline

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BRUA Gas Pipeline is a proposed gas pipeline in Romania.[1]


Phase 1 will run from Podișor, Giurgiu County, Romania to Horia, Romania. Phase 2 would have run from Horia, Romania to Recaș, Timiș County, Romania, but was called off in April 2020.[2]

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Project Details, Phase 1

  • Operator: Transgaz[3]
  • Location: Podișor, Romania to Recas, Romania[4]
  • Current capacity: 1.75 billion cubic meters per year[2]
  • Length: 479 kilometers[5]
  • Status: Construction completed[6]
  • Start Year: 2020[7]
  • ENTSOG TYNDP: TRA-F-358[7]

Route according to ENTSOG[8] and EU.[9]

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Project Details, Phase 2

  • Operator: Transgaz
  • Location: Horia, Romania to Recaș, Romania[4]
  • Current capacity: 2.65 billion cubic meters per year[2]
  • Length: 358 kilometers[5]
  • Status: Cancelled[4]
  • Start Year: 2022
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Phase Details, Phase 3

  • Operator: Transgaz
  • Location: Onesti, Romania to Nadlac, Romania[10]
  • Current capacity: 2.65 billion cubic meters per year[2]
  • Length: 843 km / 524 mi[5]
  • Status: Proposed[4]
  • Start Year: 2023

Route according to ENTSOG.[8]

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The BRUA pipeline is a natural gas pipeline from Bucșani, Giurgiu County to Recaș, Timiș County, with total project costs of €479 million. It is part of the future 1,318 km Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary and Austria gas interconnector.[5] The pipeline attempts to lessen Romania's dependence on Russian energy and provide a new export route for future natural gas exploitation in the Black Sea. The BRUA pipeline will be eventually linked to the Giurgiu-Ruse Gas Pipeline and the Arad-Szeged Gas Pipeline.[11] .

Preparations for the project started in 2016, the financing agreements were signed in 2017 and the actual construction phase will start in the first quarter of 2018. The project is developed by Transgaz, the technical operator of the national natural gas transmission system in Romania. The first phase of the pipeline is expected to be operational by 2019 and the second phase by 2022.[12] Construction on Phase 1 began in 2016.[4] According to the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Gas (ENTSOG) phase one of the project was delayed due to "delays occurred in the tendering procedures, the promotion of pieces of laws required for the implementation, the discovery of archaeological sites along the pipeline route and the unfavourable weather conditions."[7]

In April 2020, Phase 2 of the project (also called the the ROHU gas link) underwent an open season. The final round of the open season was declared unsuccessful and the procedure terminated. Apparently, no shippers wanted to commit to using the capacity without guarantees of new Romanian gas production from the Black Sea, but upstream developers are not likely to move forward with projects without a guarantee of future export capacity, resulting in a Catch-22.[2] As a result, developers called off the proposed expansion.[4]

Phase 3 of the project consists of the rehabilitation and creation of new pipelines in the Oneşti – Coroi – Haţeg – Nădlac corridor.[7]

As of December 2020, construction had been completed on Phase I.[6] However, six months earlier, Reuters reported that owing to no progress on tapping offshore gas reserves in the Black Sea, BRUA would have little to transport in the short-term at least. According to Maria Manicuta of Romania's energy regulator ANRE, "We hope BRUA will be finalised this year, but since we did not solve Black Sea gas extraction, I am wondering what we will be transporting through this pipeline ... I am sure that ultimately BRUA will be used, but in the very near future there is some risk."[13]

Technical description

The length of the pipeline will be 479 km and the construction will start on three different sections in early 2018. The general contractor of the first two sections is the Austrian company Habau and the third section is contracted by the Romanian company INSPET. The 32-in BRUA pipeline will cross 79 administrative units in 11 counties, and will include new compressor stations at Bucșani, Săulești, and Caransebeș, and the final transport capacity will be 1.75 4.4 billion cubic meter (bcm) of natural gas per annum.[5]

According to the European Commission, BRUA Phase I includes, "Development of transmission capacity in RO from Podior to Recas, including a new DN813, 479 km pipeline Podior - Haeg - Recas with a transmission capacity of 1.75 bcm/y, as well as new compressor stations in Podisor, Bibesti and Jupa of a total power of 27.6 MW. The project will create the link between the existing interconnection points of the RO, BG and HU transmission systems."[14]

According to the European Commission, BRUA Phase II includes, "...Upgrade of Városföld compressor station (HU) (2nd phase) with 5.7 MW additional power. The project will ensure 13.6 mcm/d capacity up to AT and Vecses 4 IP (SK) and bidirectional Mosonmagyaróvár IP (AT/HU). It will improve bidirectional transmission capacity at Csanádpalota IP (RO/HU) up to 11.4 mcm/d; Expansion of the transmission capacity in RO towards HU up to 4.4 bcm/y (2nd phase) by constructing 50 km, DN800 pipeline Recas - Horia and upgrade of the compressor stations Jupa, Bibeti and Podior with total additional power of 13.8 MW; Constrcution of the 308 km Black Sea shore — Podior (RO) pipeline for taking over the Black Sea gas. The expected transmission capacity will be 6 bcm/y, DN1200 -1000.6); RO-HU reverse flow: HU section, 2nd stage Csanádpalota / Algy CSs (HU) (2nd phase). One 4.5 MW additional power at Csanadpalota, which will improve the bidirectional capacity of Csanádpalota IP (RO/HU) up to 11.4 mcm/d."[15]


Loans of €100 million from the European Investment Bank and €60 million from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development were provided to Transgaz for the project in 2017. Transgaz is also making an equity contribution (undisclosed).[16][5]

The pipeline has been approved for inclusion on the European Commission's Projects of Common Interest list, making it eligible to receive public funding from the EU. Phase 1 of the pipeline was awarded a €159,449,379 public grant from the EU's Connecting Europe Facility (CEF).[17] Phase 2 of the pipeline, now cancelled, received a €640,126 CEF grant.[18]

Articles and resources


  1. BRUA Pipeline, Wikipedia, accessed December 2019
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Romania-Hungary gas link failure augurs ill for new Black Sea projects, S&P Global, April 17, 2020
  3. "BRUA Gas Pipeline Romanian Section First Phase | Project | IJGlobal". Retrieved 2020-08-14.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 Romania, Hungary Call off Plan to Expand Gas Link, Natural Gas World, April 16, 2020
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 "BRUA Pipeline". EBRD. Retrieved January 21, 2018.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Kostis Geropoulos, Europe turns the tables on Russian gas, New Europe, December 11, 2020
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 European Network of Transmission System Operators for Gas (November 25, 2020). "TYNDP 2020 Annex A.2 – Project Tables". ENTSOG. Retrieved December 2, 2020.
  8. 8.0 8.1 European Network of Transmission System Operators for Gas (October 2020). "TYNDP 2020 - MAP – Transmission" (PDF). ENTSOG. Retrieved December 4, 2020.
  9. INNOVATION AND NETWORKS EXECUTIVE AGENCY (December 2020). "Development on Romanian territory of the National Gas Transmission System on the Bulgaria-Romania-Hungary-Austria direction, execution works Stage 1". Retrieved December 9, 2020.
  10. European Network of Transmission System Operators for Gas (November 25, 2020). "TYNDP 2020 Annex A.2 – Project Tables". ENTSOG. Retrieved December 2, 2020.
  11. "UPDATE 1-Gas pipeline through central Europe to go ahead as planned -Romania". Reuters. Retrieved January 21, 2018.
  12. "Central-Eastern European pipeline gets go-ahead". Euractiv. Retrieved January 21, 2018.
  13. Delayed Romanian Black Sea gas projects pose risk to pipeline, Reuters, Jul. 21, 2020
  14. BRUA – 1st phase European Commission, November 2019
  15. BRUA – 2nd phase European Commission, November 2019
  16. TRANSGAZ BRUA GAS INTERCONNECTION PROJECT, European Investment Bank, accessed December 16, 2020
  17. Development on Romanian territory of the National Gas Transmission System on the Bulgaria-Romania-Hungary-Austria direction, execution works Stage 1, European Commission, accessed March 8, 2021
  18. Preparation of the Basic Engineering Documentation for the Hungarian part of the Romania-Hungary-Austria transmission corridor, European Commission, accessed March 8, 2021

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