Eastring Pipeline

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Eastring Pipeline is a proposed gas pipeline in Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, and Bulgaria.


The Eastring Pipeline is a proposed gas pipeline in Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, and Bulgaria. It's route will be one of three potential options all of which start from either the Slovak compressor stations in Veľké Kapušany or Veľké Zlievce, Slovakia. Version 1 ends at the Bulgarian state border with Turkey, while Version 2 and 3 end at the Black Sea coast in Pasha Dere, Bulgaria.[1]

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Project Details

  • Operator: eustream, Bulgartransgaz, Transgaz, FGSZ Ltd[2]
  • Proposed capacity: 20 billion cubic metres a year[1]
    • Proposed expanded capacity: 40 billion cubic metres a year[1]
  • Proposed Lengths:[1]
    • Option 1: 1,030 km
    • Option 2: 1,208 km - indicated to be the preferred route[3]
    • Option 3: 1,241 km
  • Status: Proposed
  • Start Year: 2025[1]


Eastring Pipeline is a proposed pipeline project for Central and South-eastern Europe. It is a bi-directional gas pipeline interconnector of an annual capacity between 208,000 3 3 GWh to 416,000 GWh (ca. 20 billion m to 40 billion m ), between Slovakia and the external border of the EU on the territory of Bulgaria, e.g. Turkey or Black Sea coast. It will connect existing gas transmission infrastructure in Slovakia, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria. And will function as a direct transmission route between West EU liquid hubs and the Balkan region/Turkey, an area with a potential to be a highly liquid region offering gas from various sources. The pipeline will transport natural gas from well-established as well as alternative sources. It will bring gas from new sources from Caspian/eastern Mediterranean/Middle East region. At the same time, it will provide South-eastern Europe with gas from European gas hubs.[1]

A feasibility study was conducted in September of 2018 indicating that if the project wins final approval, construction could start in 2022 with the pipeline becoming operational at the beginning of 2025. The pipeline would have an estimated initial capacity of about 15 billion to 20 billion cubic metres per year with a potential upgrade up to 40 bcm in the next phase which is expected to be finished by 2030.[4][1]

According to the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Gas (ENTSOG), an industry group, the cost of the pipeline would be 2.6 billion Euros[5] (about 2.9 billion USD). ENTSOG lists Eastring using the following codes: TRA-A-656 (Hungarian portion), TRA-A-655 (Romanian portion), TRA-A-628 (Slovakian portion), TRA-A-654 (Bulgarian portion).

It's code on the Project of Common Interest 3rd list is 6.25.1.[2]

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Eastring Eastring, accessed August 2018
  2. 2.0 2.1 Petre KOSTOV (2018-05-28). "6.25.1-0010-SKHU-S-M-16 - Innovation and Networks Executive Agency - European Commission". Innovation and Networks Executive Agency - European Commission. Retrieved 2020-08-14.
  3. Eastring. "Capacity & Construction". Retrieved August 14, 2020.
  4. Demand for Slovakia's Eastring gas pipeline could hit 12 bcm in first year -study Reuters, September 20, 2018
  5. ENTSOG Ten Year Network Development Plan 2020, Annex A, Projects Tables accessed Jan. 11, 2020

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