Budapest (MTI) – The route for the planned South Stream gas pipeline is expected to be finalised by the end of this year, national energy company MVM said at MTI’s enquiry on Wednesday, adding that the pipes crossing Hungary could be completed in 2017.

Preparations for the construction project are on schedule and changes made to the route will not impact timing, MVM said.

South Stream’s Hungary section will stretch along 360-380 kilometres, entering Hungary at Roszke in the south and crossing into Austria near Rajka, MVM said in a statement.

The government is committed to increasing Hungary’s energy security through all available means, the statement said and noted that the pipeline bypassing Ukraine, when completed, could carry an annual 38 billion cubic metres of gas to European markets, including supplies for Hungary totalling 4-6 billion cubic metres.



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