Bosnia closer to connecting to Croatian LNG

Bosnia closer to connecting to Croatian LNG

Bosnian natural gas grid operator, BH Gas, has completed the preliminary design for the 160-km long Southern Interconnection project.

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The preliminary design for the project connecting the natural gas networks of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia was delivered at the end of April, the company said in its statement.

BH Gas secured EU grants through the JASPERS scheme to fund the preliminary design as well as the review of the design.

The project, named Southern Interconnection, will enable Bosnia and Herzegovina to diversify its supply sources. The two networks are planned to connect at the Croatian town of Zagvozd leading to the Bosnian towns of POsušje and Novi Travnik with a tie-in to Mostar.

Additionally, the project will enable Bosnia and Herzegovina to source volumes at the Croatian LNG terminal under construction on the island of Krk.

The preliminary design was completed by the Mot MacDonald-Connecta consortium. In addition to the preliminary design, an environmental assessment of the project is being carried out.

Currently, Bosnia and Herzegovina is dependent on natural gas supplies from Russia.

The Croatian LNG terminal is designed to transport up to 2.6 billion cubic meters per year (bcm/y) of natural gas into the Croatian national transmission network as of 2021.

Golar LNG’s liquefied natural gas carrier, Golar Viking, has been selected for FSRU conversion. The vessel is scheduled to arrive on location on the island of Krk in October this year.