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Serbia and Romania to speed up realisation of gas interconnection

Serbia and Romania must keep cooperating in regard to gas interconnections and renewables. That is what emerged after a meeting between Serbia’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Mining and Energy, Zorana Mihajlovic and her Romanian counterpart Daniel Virgil Popescu.

“Serbia and Romania have traditionally good and friendly relations, which is an excellent basis for discussing future joint projects,” she said.

The Minister reminded that this year, Serbia started the construction of the Nis-Dimitrovgrad gas pipeline, which will enable the country to get gas from liquified natural gas (LNG) terminals in Greece and gas from Azerbaijan.

“Our plan is to connect to other neighbours via gas pipelines,” Mrs Mihajlovic added. “[…] Connecting Serbia and Romania by a gas interconnection is a project of common interest and I believe that we will speed up its realisation. This year, we will prepare project-technical documentation for the construction of the Mokrin-Romanian border gas pipeline, 12.8 kilometres long. By building this interconnection, we will get the possibility of connecting with the Transgaz gas system in Romania and the Brua gas pipeline.”

Other than implementing gas interconnections, Serbia’s goal is to reduce the production of energy from fossil fuels, reason why under the government’s investment plan worth more than 35 billion euros, new solar and wind power plants are included.

“There is a mutual interest to work on the realisation of the hybrid RHE project Djerdap 3,” the Minister underlined, referring to the large-scale pumped storage hydropower plant Djerdap 3, with an installed capacity of 2,400 megawatts (MW).

“It is not only a new energy source important for balancing new capacities,” she continued, “but also a project that will improve regional energy security and stability. The plan is to build a wind farm and solar power plant as a combination of floating solar and solar on earth. Djerdap 3 would practically become a hybrid reversible HPP, unique in Europe.”

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