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BiH: Companies at war over gas supply

Bosnia and Herzegovina gas company BH Gas says it has filed a criminal complaint against the Russian gas importer for unilaterally changing the route to the new Turkish stream, accusing the company of giving neighboring Serbia full control over the country’s gas supply. .

BH Gas said in a statement Monday that the importer, Sarajevo-based Energoinvest Group, has allowed Republika Srpska (RS) Transportgas Srbija and Gas Promet Pale to control supplies to the Federation (FBiH) from 1 April.

Energoinvest previously claimed that Russian partner Gazprom demanded a redirection and that the old road over Hungary and Ukraine was not operational for BiH.

On January 1, Gazprom began using its new pipeline route through Turkey and Bulgaria – an alternative to the existing pipeline running through Ukraine and Hungary.

This sparked unrest in BiH between companies involved in gas distribution, with BH Gas accusing importer Energoinvest of pushing for the cancellation of long-term contracts with Serbia and Hungary that could cost BiH up to $ 23m in fines.

BH Gas argues that Gazprom did not seek a redirection for “economic reasons but for political reasons”, as Energoinvest agreed to the change without consulting the government or BH Gas.

Effectively, Energoinvest has eliminated BH Gas from certain parts of the deal that will cause an unstable supply and dependence on other countries, the company said.

“All these events have violated BiH sovereignty, while Energoinvest is putting the gas system in the hands of another country and its delivery center,” the statement notes.

That is why BH Gas has decided to take the case to judicial institutions, saying that it has attached all the evidence to its criminal complaint.

The FBiH government requested on April 1 that all documentation from both companies be submitted to the prosecutor’s office, while “BH Gas is eagerly awaiting all players to be reviewed and events related to the transport system and contractual obligations that will to be analyzed, “the company stressed.

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