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South Stream’s Serbian section begins construction

26th November 2013

After Bulgaria, construction begins on 63 bcm South Stream’s Serbian section

South Stream’s Serbian section begins construction
Welding first joint of Serbian section of South Stream gas pipeline

The first joint of South Stream gas pipeline’s Serbian section was welded on Sunday near the village of Sajkas, South Backa District, Gazprom announced in a written statement.

High representatives from the governments and energy sectors of Russia and Serbia met at the Palace of Serbia in Belgrade to witness the event via video transmission. These included Alexey Miller, chairman of the Gazprom management committee, and  Dusan Bajatovic, director general of Srbijagas, Serbia’s state-owned natural gas provider. Both were joined by Serbian president Tomislav Nikolic and prime minister Ivica Dacic, as well as Alexander Novak, Russian minister of energy.

“Right after Bulgaria we started building South Stream in Serbia. The project is strategically important for… Europe,” said Miller. “The new trans-European gas transmission system will eliminate the pressing problem of transit risks and secure uninterrupted Russian gas supplies to dozens of thousands of European consumers.”

Miller and Bajatovic also signed an agreement for the transmission of gas via South Stream across Serbia, which will turn the country into an important regional gas transmission and storage centre.

Construction began on South Stream’s Bulgarian section on 31 October. After Bulgaria and Serbia, Gazprom will now turn its attention to building the pipeline’s Hungarian section.

The South Stream gas pipeline will carry 63 billion cubic meters across the Black Sea to Southern and Central Europe.