The Serbia-Romania gas interconnector, from Mokrin to Arad, would be of great importance for regional energy security. Republika Srpska is supplied with natural gas from the Serbian transport system, so this interconnection would also be of vital importance for it.
“Romania is a potential regional leader in the energy sector that can act as a factor of stability in the region,” said Romanian Energy Minister Sebastian Burduža recently.
In fact, Romania is one of the European countries that is constantly making progress in the energy transition. It is on its way to becoming one of the most important producers of natural gas in Europe by 2027, especially due to the implementation of the grandiose project “Neptune Dip” – exploitation of natural gas from the Black Sea.
However, the availability of new quantities of natural gas in the region is conditioned by the construction of gas interconnectors. Hence the idea of a gas interconnection between Serbia and Romania, more precisely from Mokrin to Arad.
The national gas transport systems of Serbia and Romania are currently not connected. The length of the gas pipeline that would connect the two countries is close to 100 kilometers, that is, about 85.56 kilometers on the territory of Romania, and 12.8 kilometers on the territory of Serbia.
The gas interconnector is included in the Energy Infrastructure Development Plan of Serbia, which also confirms the strategic importance of this project. On June 30 of this year, the Ministry of Mining and Energy of Serbia published the document “Basics of the Energy Infrastructure Development Plan and Energy Efficiency Measures until 2028 with projections until 2030”, in which the Serbia-Romania gas interconnector was highlighted as one of the priority projects.
“The first step in the implementation of the project would be the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding with the Romanian side, which would specify the forms of cooperation and further activities.” The Serbian side has started work on the development of planning documentation.
The planned diameter of the gas pipeline is DN600, with a nominal pressure of 63 bar”, answered the relevant minister Dubravka Đedović to our question about the concrete steps and technical capacity of the gas interconnector, stressing that “she believes that both countries have recognized this momentum and that the time ahead will show the justification of the investments in the energy sector that will connect our two countries”.