Bosnia and Herzegovina-Croatia gas interconnection design study completed

, SEE Energy News

The Mot MacDonald – Connecta consortium has completed a design study for gas interconnection between Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) and Croatia, Bosnian gas company BH-Gas announced.

The statement from the company reminded that works on the study started in August last year and the consortium completed the study in late April. The next phase of the project is an expert revision of the completed project documentation, which will be carried out by a foreign consultant and financed by an EU grant.

In February, BH-Gas, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) have signed a grant agreement for the construction of gas interconnection between BiH and Croatia. BH-Gas said that the agreement would activate funds earmarked for environmental impact and feasibility studies for the interconnection project. At the same time, BH-Gas said signed a contract with a consortium led by Croatian consultancy firm Dvokut-Ecro for the preparation of a feasibility study and an environment impact study for the project. The cost of the feasibility study is 500,000 dollars, which will be financed by a USAID grant of the same amount, while the EBRD will manage how the USAID grant is being spent. In late 2018, The Government of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FBiH) declared the project of BH-Gas for the connection with neighboring Croatia via Zagvozd-Posusje-Travnik-Novi Travnik gas pipeline a project of strategic interest and tasked the Ministry of Energy, Mining and Industry to intensify activities on its realization. The project is supported by the United States and USAID which are ready to finance the preparation of technical documentation, feasibility study, preliminary design and environmental impact assessment study.

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