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Sustainability Pty Ltd (Sustainability), along with sub-consultant OSD Pty Ltd (OSD), have been awarded a contract by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) to act as the Lender’s Technical, Environmental and Social Consultant (TESC) for the Bulgaria-Romania-Hungary-Austria (BRUA) gas pipeline.

As Lender’s consultant Sustainability will provide technical, environmental and social consultancy services for the BRUA pipeline project commencing from loan agreement through to successful commissioning and operations of the new gas transmission system, scheduled to run through to Q4 2020.

Sustainability will look at all aspects of the project and confirm that the pipeline and facilities are being delivered in accordance with international standards, ensuring the project is constructed in-line with the principles and practices under the loan agreement and to ensure compliance with agreed project requirements between the lender, EBRD and state-owned construction contractor and operator, Transgaz.

The TESC delivery team includes leading pipeline engineer, OSD who will conduct the engineering and procurement components of the scope, supported by local Romanian specialists with extensive experience in the assessment and monitoring of technical, environmental and social performance of oil and gas pipeline projects, both in Romania and internationally.

Heath Thorpe, Director – Health, Safety & Environment Sustainability Pty Ltd said “We are committed to leveraging our differentiated environmental consultation services and long track record working with the EBRD, to successfully support loan compliance during construction to close out of this key asset. Our experience in supporting the sustainable development of resource facilities spans the world and will help to ensure the BRUA project is delivered on time and in line with EBRD lender requirements.”

Keith Horstmann, Executive Director of OSD Pty Ltd, stated: “We are delighted to team with Sustainability to deliver this important assignment for EBRD. The technical component of the work compliments our track record of supporting lenders, investors and developers of pipeline infrastructure across the globe ”

On completion, the BRUA pipeline will carry 1.75 billion cubic metres of gas from Bulgaria and Romania to Austria towards the end of 2019 and 4.4 billion cubic metres of natural gas from 2022 onwards.