New EU countries plan pipeline expansions

A growing amount of transmission pipeline construction has taken place over the past 5 years in countries that have become members of the European Union in two integration waves since 2000.Most of these countries are in Central and Eastern Europe: Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, plus Cyprus and Malta in the Mediterranean. Existing investment plans suggest a continuation of strong pipeline construction activity in the future and development of new national natural gas markets in these countries.Construction driversSeveral factors drive pipeline construction activity in new EU member countries.Natural gas consumption patter...

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