The Austrian company Habau will complete the remaining 2.1 km of a long-anticipated gas interconnector between Romania and Bulgaria by August, that will help the energy diversification of the two countries.

Hubau signed a contract with the gas operators of the two countries – Transgaz and Bulgartransgaz – in Sofia for the developing of the remaining section of the pipeline, which crosses under the Danube river, with a cost of $5.205m, Balkan Insight reported. As Focus Agency added, the deadline of the contract is in 119 days.

The gas link between the Bulgarian city of Ruse and Giurgiu in Romania has a total length of 25 km, 15.4 km of which are in Bulgaria, the rest is in Romania, including the 2.1 km crossing under the Danube. The pipeline was initially due to be ready by 2013 and fully operational by 2014, but its completion was delayed several times owing to technical problems with the construction of the underwater section.

The pipeline will have a maximum transport capacity of 1.5bcm of gas per year from Bulgaria to Romania, and an initial capacity of 500mcm per year from Romania to Bulgaria.