Gazprom and Serbia press forward with South Stream
Sochi hosted a working meeting among Alexey Miller Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, Milan Bacevic, Minister of Natural Resources, Mining and Spatial Planning of the Republic of Serbia and Dusan Bajatovic, Director General of Srbijagas.
Special attention was paid to the progress with the South Stream project. The meeting participants highlighted the mutual interest in completing the project as soon as possible and confirmed that the gas pipeline construction in Serbia would start in line with the agreements reached in late 2013.
In addition, the parties discussed the Russian gas export to Serbia under a long-term contract.
In 2012 Gazprom Group supplied Serbia with 1.5 billion cubic meters of natural gas.
Srbijagas is a state-owned company dealing with natural gas transmission, distribution and storage in Serbia.
With a view to diversify the natural gas export routes Gazprom is implementing a project for the construction of a gas pipeline running under the Black Sea to the countries of Southern and Central Europe – the South Stream project. Intergovernmental agreements were signed with Bulgaria, Serbia, Hungary, Greece, Slovenia and Croatia in order to implement the onshore gas pipeline section.
In November 2009 South Stream Serbia AG joint project company was registered. Gazprom holds a 51 per cent stake in the company and Srbijagas – a 49 per cent stake.
The Banatski Dvor UGS facility was ceremonially put onstream on November 21, 2011. The UGS facility is one of the largest gas storages in Southeastern Europe. Its working gas capacity makes up 450 million cubic meters, peak deliverability – 5 million cubic meters per day.
In October 2012 a final investment decision was approved for the South Stream project in Serbia.
In February 2013 the Skupstina (Parliament) of the Republic of Serbia adopted the Law on the Public Interest and the Special Expropriation and Permitting Procedures with regard to the South Stream Construction.
In March 2013 a long-term contract was signed for Russian gas supplies to Serbia in the amount of up to 1.5 billion cubic meters of gas annually for a period of 10 years. Gas will be conveyed via the existing route and in the future – via the South Stream gas pipeline.