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Gas pipeline between Croatia and Hungary is now operational

A new natural gas pipeline connecting Hungary and Croatia became operational on Wednesday, reports Portfolio.hu. It is a milestone event as for the past 33 years Croatia's only access to international gas pipelines had been a single line to Slovenia, operator Plinacro said.

The new pipeline connecting Városföld in Hungary and Slobodnica in Croatia has expanded the latter's import capacity and will provide wider access to supply sources, or even allow Croatia to become and exporter once a planned LNG regasification terminal on the island of Krk is complete, the press release noted.

Approved in 2009, the project cost €395 million and has created 80.5 kilometers of pipeline in Croatia and 210 kilometers in Hungary.. Plinacro, teamed up with MOL subsidiary FGSZ as its Hungarian partner, contributed €75 million to the project costs.