Bosnia and Herzegovina–Croatia South Interconnection Gas Pipeline
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The Bosnia and Herzegovina–Croatia South Interconnection Gas Pipeline is a shelved natural gas pipeline in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The planned pipeline route runs from Split, Croatia through Zagvozd, Croatia to Travnik, Bosnia and Herzegovina, with a 46-km spur to Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina. The exact route can be seen on p.2 of BH-Gas's October 2019 presentation to the CESEC Gas Plenary Meeting.
- Operator: BH-GAS, Plinacro Ltd
- Owner: BH-GAS, Plinacro Ltd
- Parent Company: BH-GAS, Plinacro Ltd
- Proposed capacity: 1.5 billion cubic meters per year
- Length: 184 km / 114 mi
- Diameter: 20 inches
- Status: Shelved
- Start Year: 2024
- Cost: €120.4 million (US$135 million)
The feasibility study for the Bosnia and Herzegovina–Croatia South Interconnection Gas Pipeline was completed by the Infrastructure Project Facility 2 in November 2013.
In July 2019 the project was approved by the Directorate-General for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations. Mott MacDonald began design work in November 2019 and hopes to complete it by Q3 2020. The pipeline's route is partially redundant with the proposed Ionian Adriatic Gas Pipeline. The pipeline will provide an alternative gas source for Bosnia and Herzegovina, which is almost entirely dependent on Russia for gas.
The pipeline is also touted as being H2 ready, and will be able to carry a blend of hydrogen and natural gas through it.
In February 2020 Bosnia's gas firm BH-Gas selected a contractor to undertake a feasibility study and an environmental impact assessment for the proposed pipeline to Croatia. A consortium led by Croatia's Dvocut-Ecro was awarded a contract worth US$500,000 for this work, which is being covered by a grant from the United States Agency for International Development with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development overseeing how the grant is spent.
According to Energy Community, as of August 12, 2021, the permitting process is 30 percent complete for the Bosnia and Herzegovina section and 80 percent complete for the Croatia section.
However, a report on Jul 7th, 2022 noted that the central government of Bosnia and Herzegovina "failed to reach a consensus that would allow it to negotiate with Croatia on a preliminary draft of a planned agreement to build the South Interconnection of BiH and Croatia."
Articles and resources
- EU Approves Preparation of Documentation for New Bosnia-Croatia Gas Pipeline, Total Croatia News, Jul. 18, 2019
- SOUTHERN INTERCONNECTION CROATIA BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA, BH-GAS and Plinacro, Oct. 8, 2019
- European Network of Transmission System Operators for Gas (October 2020). "TYNDP 2020 - MAP – Transmission" (PDF). ENTSOG. Retrieved December 4, 2020.
- European Network of Transmission System Operators for Gas (2020). "TYNDP - Annex A - Projects Tables RPJ007_NS_2020 - entsog". ENTSOG. Retrieved September 16, 2020.
- "Gas_03 / Interconnector Bosnia and Herzegovina - Croatia - South (Zagvozd-Posusje-Travnik)". www.energy-community.org. Retrieved 2021-08-12.
- "Bosnia and Herzegovina - Croatia South Gas Interconnection". WBIF. Retrieved October 5, 2021.
- Eastern Europe Natural Gas Partnership (May 26, 2021). "Catalog of Potential Eastern European Natural Gas Investment Projects in Support of the Three Seas Initiative" (PDF). United States Energy Association. Archived (PDF) from the original on August 12, 2021. Retrieved September 7, 2021.
- Mott MacDonald-led tie-up launches design works on Croatia-Bosnia gas link - BH-Gas, SeeNews, Nov. 4, 2019
- Iskra Pavlova, Croatia's Dvocut-Ecro-led tie-in wins feasibility study deal for Croatia-Bosnia gas link project - BH-Gas, SeeNews, Feb. 20, 2020
- Todorović, Igor (2022-07-07). "Government of BiH fails to reach consensus on gas interconnections with Serbia, Croatia". Balkan Green Energy News. Retrieved 2022-07-07.