Romania’s gas transmission system operator Transgaz signed a roadmap agreement with the Three Seas Initiative Investment Fund, a dedicated commercial fund targeting infrastructure investments in Central and Eastern Europe, to collaborate on the construction of planned greenfield gas infrastructure in Romania.
The roadmap agreement recognises the strategic and economic importance of investment in Romania’s natural gas pipeline infrastructure. Given Romania’s extensive domestic oil and gas reserves, further investment in gas transmission infrastructure is anticipated to drive economic development in the region, while also supporting European energy security and the energy transition in the Three Seas region.
“Energy security in the Three Seas region has never been more important,” said Beata Daszyńska-Muzyczka, Chairperson of the Fund. “We need state of the art energy infrastructure to continue the growth of our economies. So far, we have been the fastest-growing economies of the EU and I strongly believe that this will keep on attracting private capital for infrastructure investment in our region.”
The total value of the Projects is expected to be up to 626 million euros and upon completion will be sold to Transgaz which will own and operate the assets of the Projects in accordance with the applicable Romanian legislation.
The signatories noted the positive progress of discussions and, subject to the agreement and approval of satisfactory terms, continued to give their full support to the initiative. The parties anticipate finalising and executing transaction documentation in the third quarter with the incorporation of the JV intended prior to the end of the year.
“Transgaz is interested to develop strategic gas infrastructure projects in Romania that will help contribute to energy security and transition to carbon neutrality,” added Ion Sterian, General Manager of Transgaz. “An association with The Three Seas Initiative Investment Fund which has the objective of accelerating the economic development and enhancement of connectivity and cooperation in the entire Baltic, Black and Adriatic seas region would be an important step towards reaching Transgaz’s goals.”