Mantovani, as partner of a JV with a Slovakia primary company, awarded the Contract of more than 25 Mio € for the construction of one Lot of the gas pipelines for Eustream, a Slovak gas transmission system operator. The project is part of the Poland-Slovakia Gas Interconnection that constitutes the crucial part of the North South Gas Interconnections in Central Eastern and South Eastern Europe (NSI East Gas) and will contribute to the enhancement of the regional security of supply and integration of the natural gas markets in the region. Moreover, implementation of the project will enable surrounding CEE countries to benefit from the direct access to different gas supply sources from the North, such as fully operational LNG terminals at the Baltic Sea (Świnoujście LNG, Klaipeda LNG via Gas Interconnection Poland-Lithuania (GIPL) and Norway (through the planned Baltic Pipe) as well as from the South, through the Slovakia-Hungary Interconnection and the planned Eastring pipeline. It will increase liquidity of the natural gas market in the CEE region. Construction works are planned to begin in August 2018 and will be finalized by the end of 2020.