US to push for IGB project
Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct. 14
By Aygun Badalova - Trend:
The implementation of the proposed IGB (Interconnector Greece-Bulgaria) project will be one of the subject of discussions between special envoy for International Energy Affairs at the US Department of State, Amos Hochstein and Greek Energy Minister Panos Skourletis in Athens.
Hochstein has arrived in Athens for talks on energy cooperation and European energy security.
In a tweet, Hochstein said that Greece can be part of solution to Europe's energy security issues.
Three-way meeting with the participation of Bulgarian Energy Minister Temenuzhka Petkova also planned to be held, Greek newspaper Kathimerini reported.
Hochstein's visit is deemed preparatory ahead of a formal visit by US Secretary of State John Kerry to Athens in November, according to the newspaper.
IGB (Greece-Bulgaria inter-connector) is a gas pipeline, which will allow Bulgaria to receive Azerbaijani gas, in particular, the gas produced from Azerbaijan's Shah Deniz 2 gas and condensate field.
IGB is expected to be connected to the Trans-Adriatic pipeline via which gas from the Shah Deniz field will be delivered to the European markets.
Earlier, Nikolay Nikolov, Deputy Energy Minister of Bulgaria, said that the country is ready to complete the deal on constructing the IGB to neighboring Greece, however, it waits for a decision of the new government in Athens.