Top management of
Gazprom is obsessed with the idea of bypassing Ukraine. To
materialize it, there is no need to build new pipelines to
Baumgarten and/or Arnoldstein. A shorter link across Romania
and Hungary to
Slovakia would do it at a much lower cost
(yellow dotted line). According to the
press-release of Gazprom, gas pipeline capacity of Slovakia is
rated at 93 bcm/year and it can be expanded to 113 bcm/year.
Note that with a link
between Bovanenkovo and Yamburg, the existing pipelines of West
Siberia can evacuate all gas produced in the Yamal peninsula and
"old" West Siberian fields.
East European Gas
Malvern, PA, USA
April 8, 2011