Transgaz Medias, Romania’s state-owned gas pipeline operator, has completed three compressor stations and 133 miles (215 km) of pipeline associated with the BRUA pipeline.
Phase 1 of the BRUA pipeline, scheduled for completion in December 2019, will be 341 miles (550 km) long and have a maximum capacity of 53 Bcf (1.5 Bcm) of gas per year at 435 psi (30 bar) to Bulgaria and 155.4 Bcf (4.4 Bcm) per year at 580 psi (40 bar) to Hungary.
The three gas compressor stations are in Podisor, Bibesti, and Jupa, Romania. Each station is equipped with two compressor units (one active and one redundant) and has the capability to enable bidirectional gas flows. The contract on the construction of the three gas compressor stations was awarded to a consortium consisting of Romanian companies led by Inspet SA Ploiesti.
The BRUA pipeline is a planned natural gas pipeline Podișor to Recaș, Romania, part of the future Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, and Austria gas interconnector. The pipeline will lessen the country’s dependence on Russian energy and provide a new export route for the future natural gas exploitation in the Black Sea. The BRUA pipeline will be eventually linked to the Giurgiu–Ruse pipeline which links Romania and Bulgaria, and the Arad–Szeged pipeline, which links Romania and Hungary.
Preparations for the project began in 2016, with construction beginning 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.