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Mysteries of the allocation of transmission capacities of the Slovak-­Hungarian gas interconnector pipelinePublished: 1 of March, 2015

The construction of the long-awaited Slovak-Hungarian gas interconnector pipeline is now completed. Although there are still technical issues to resolve, they cannot be blamed for why the commercial operation has not commenced yet. In January 2015, once set as target commercial operation date, systems users still do not know when and how the capacities will be allocated. In order to arrive at a proper understanding of this halt in the allocation of interconnector gas transmission capacities, we need a brief review of the conditions that existed at the birth of the project. After that, the principles of capacity allocation can be applied to help achieve the goals of the gas transmission pipeline.