The Croatian government decided to build a gas pipeline to connect Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Croatian Economy Minister Davor Filipović announced a €100 million project to connect the Croatian natural gas network and LNG terminal on Krk Island, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The 180-kilometer pipeline will help diversify the resources of Bosnia and Herzegovina, which depends entirely on Russia for natural gas.
The only transboundary natural gas pipeline in Bosnia and Herzegovina is the TurkStream extension, which is operated by Gazprom.
According to the Euractiv report, the gas pipeline with Croatia was approved by the Parliament of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina at the end of 2021, but the plan was not implemented due to the opposition of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) Bosnia and Herzegovina. .
HDZ’s blockade on the project was lifted after Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic demanded that the project be managed by a company in Mostar, not Sarajevo-based BH Gas.
It is expected that this issue will be on the agenda of Foreign Minister Elmedin Konakovich, who visited Croatia today and announced that a foreign policy will be pursued with the principle of solving problems with neighbors and strengthening cooperation.
Republika Srpska is pressing for the construction of a gas link with Serbia
On the other hand, Republika Srpska, one of the two entities in the country, is seeking approval for the construction of the gas pipeline between Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The Minister of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Stasa Kocharac, announced that if the gas interconnection project with Serbia is not approved by the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina, they will stop all projects in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FBiH) in the other entity.
source: Balkan News
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