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Public procurement for gas interconnector could close by mid-year

A public procurement for the construction of an interconnector between the gas networks of Hungary and Slovakia could be closed by the middle of this year, György Felkai, communications director for the state-owned Hungarian Electricity Works (MVM), said in Monday's issue of business daily Napi Gazdaság.

The tender for the construction of the pipeline was called in December, Felkai said. The deadline for bidding was in January, and the participation phase and the first round closed in February, he added.

MVM unit Magyar Gáztranzit is in charge of building the interconnector. 

Gas deliveries through the interconnector will start in January 2015.

The 20km of the pipeline in Slovakia will cost about €20 million to build and the 95km on the Hungarian side will cost about €100 million, Econews reported earlier.