Serbia will not be left without gas even if Russia firmly decides to stop the delivery through Ukraine in 2019, stated General Manager of the PE Srbijagas, Dusan Bajatovic.
– Our country has already signed long-term contracts on supply with Russia's Gazprom and on transit through Hungary – Bajatovic told Politika.
According to him, with the expansion of the capacities of the existing gas storage in Banatski Dvor, 10 million cubic meters of gas will be produced daily, which is enough to cover the daily needs of Serbia during the coldest days.
Investment decisions on the expansion of this storage will be reached by March, when it will become known whether 700 million or one billion cubic meters of gas will be pressurized there, Bajatovic said.
He added that Serbia had imported 23% more gas in 2017 than in 2016 – 2.1 million cubic meters, primarily due to an increase in industrial consumption, which will account for more and more gas consumption as the Serbian economy develops.
Bajatovic said that the gas connection, interconnection with Bulgaria, which would ultimately secure two billion cubic meters of gas, was another priority.
In order to enable the maximum usage of the connection, a gas connection from Nis to Belgrade in the length of around 200 kilometers, for which around EUR 200 million should be set aside, is also needed. Srbijagas has already started this project through land expropriation. Europe should provide EUR 48 million, whereas the rest is to be provided by Srbijagas from its current liquidity, without incurring debts, Bajatovic said.
He added that the gas connection of Serbia with Romania, which has enough of its own gas, was another important project.
This pipeline is 10 kilometers long, whereas the Romanian side would finance 130 kilometers on their side themselves, Bajatovic said.
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