The land station will be based at Giurgiu and the gas pipeline will connect Romania and Bulgaria.

The European Union has allocated €11m to Transgaz and €12.8m to Bulgartransgaz for the project.

Romania Minister of Economy, Trade and Business Climate Lucian Bode told Agerpres on the Romanian section, Transgaz Medias has completed the technical project for the Romanian side, namely Giurgiu Gas Metering Station (GMS) and the land section located between Giurgiu GMS and the point on the Romanian bank where the pipeline crosses under the Danube River waters.

"The international tender was conducted and was won by S.C. INSPET Ploiesti and building works at Giurgiu GMS are currently under way, with the deadline for the contract completion being May 2012,’ Bode added.