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SARAJEVO (Bosnia and Herzegovina), November 4 (SeeNews) - A consortium led by UK-based Mott MacDonald has started drawing the design of a 160 km long South Gas Interconnector Bosnia - Croatia, Bosnian gas supplier BH-Gas said on Monday.
The interconnection is the longest projected gas route in Bosnia and Herzegovina, BH-Gas said in a press release.
The pipeline will link Zagvozd, in southern Croatia, to Posusje and Travnik in Bosnia, with a branch to Mostar.
The planner has carried out a geodetic survey of the corridor of the gas pipeline, as well as mapping part of the route starting from Novi Travnik. It uses drones to precisely determine the route and the meeting points of the pipeline from both sides of the Bosnian-Croatian border.
Some 40 km of the planned 160 km length of the pipeline have been designed so far.
In July, BH-Gas said that the preparation of the documentation, worth some 1.0 million euro ($1.12 million), is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2020. BH-Gas also said it hopes to see the new pipeline that will link Bosnia to the Croatian gas transmission network built by 2023/2024.
The project will help Bosnia diversify its gas supply sources and routes from its current dependence on Russian gas which it obtains via Serbia and Hungary.
The drafting of project documentation is funded by a grant from the European Commission.
Mott MacDonald is a consulting company providing technical support and advice, ranging from pre-feasibility and feasibility studies, economic and financial analysis, environmental and social impact assessments, as well as preliminary and detailed design drawings. Its network of experts encompasses 150 countries.
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