Published in: Holistic Approach Environ. 8(2018) 1, pp. 14 – 21
Paper reference number: HAE-158
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Lukáš Karch*, Augustin Varga**

* Eustream, a.s., Bratislava, Slovakia

** Faculty of Materials, Metallurgy and Recycling Technical University of Košice, Slovakia



This paper focuses on the idea of a new European gas pipeline project called Eastring promoted by company Eustream. Eustream is the Slovak gas transmission system operator and has been one of the key players in European gas transmission from Russia to Europe in the last decades. Previous Russian-Ukrainian crisis resulted in reviewing gas flow directions from Russia to Europe in order to enhance the security of gas supplies to Europe. Russia plans to stop gas transmission to Europe via Ukraine in 2019. Alternative pipelines are planned to be built from Russia to Turkey and Germany. TurkStream pipeline and the Trans -Anatolian pipeline will bring gas to the Turkish-Bulgarian and Turkish-Greek borders in the Balkans. The main goal of the Eastring pipeline project is to connect Western Europe with the Balkans. This project has also other purposes such as supplying Europe with gas from alternative, non-Russian gas sources e.g. Caspian gas sources.

Keywords: eastring, eustream, pipeline, gas, security, diversification