Transgaz signs construction contract for three gas compressor stations due under BRUA phase 1

National gas transmission company Transgaz signed on March 23 the contract for the construction of the three gas compressor stations of 10 MW each provided for in the BRUA phase 1 project; according to the calendar, the order to kick off works will be signed on April 14, the Ministry of Economy said in a release.

According to the document, the contract was won by a consortium of Romanian companies headed by INSPET SA Ploiesti. The value of the contract is 288.742 million lei, plus VAT, various and unforeseen expenses excluded, broken down as follows: 96.271 million lei for the Podisor gas compressor station; 96.446 million lei for the Bibesti gas compressor station; 94.692 million lei for the Jupa gas compressor station; and 1.331 million lei for maintenance services at the said compressor stations.

"Transgaz is one of the most important and definitely most active companies in the portfolio of the Ministry of Economy. It is currently involved in several gas pipeline projects that will transform the company into a Romanian multinational of regional magnitude. By far, the most important strategic project is BRUA, where the order for the start of the works on the gas compressor stations will be signed on April 14," said Economy Minister Danut Andrusca.

In his turn, Transgaz SA general manager Ion Sterian emphasized the strategic importance of starting works under phase 1.

"Setting the BRUA phase 1 infrastructure in place will raise the level of Romania's energy security and open new opportunities for suppliers of energy equipment and services. BRUA phase 1 will help create new jobs for execution and exploitation in Romania. The investment in the three gas compressor stations is yet another proof of this flagship company's ability to achieve ambitious strategic projects," said Ion Sterian.

The gas pipeline will cross the counties of Giurgiu, Teleorman, Dambovita, Arges, Olt, Valcea, Gorj, Hunedoara, Caras-Severin and Timis. According to the calendar, the deadline for the completion of the BRUA phase 1 is set in 2019.

The Ministry of Economy also states that the BRUA phase 1 project does not involve Black Sea offshore gas reserves, but LNG terminals in northern Greece, providing a link to the Caspian Southern Corridor. AGERPRES (RO - author: George Banciulea, editor: Andreea Marinescu; EN - author: Simona Klodnischi, editor: Rodica State)

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