IGB: Selection of owner’s engineer temporarily suspended
Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan.13
By Leman Zeynalova – Trend:
Selection of owner’s engineer for the Interconnector Greece-Bulgaria (IGB) project has been temporarily suspended, said a message from ICGB AD company engaged in the project’s implementation.
“The project company ICGB AD informs all potential participants in the public procurement “Selection of Owner’s Engineer for the Construction of the Gas Interconnector Greece-Bulgaria” that due to circumstances beyond its control the procedure has been temporarily suspended,” said the message.
The suspension has been caused by appeals against Decision № Р-05-COR from 12.12.2017, approving a notice of amendment or additional information, as well as an appeal against clarifications published on 12.12.2017 at the Buyer’s profile, provided by the Contracting Authority in regard to questions submitted by possible competitors for the tender, said the ICGB AD.
The Contracting Authority expects the Commission for the Protection of Competition to announce the decision urgently, taking into account the strategic importance of the IGB project for Bulgaria, as well as for the European Union. The company reserves the right to resort to legal instruments for claiming costs in accordance to law, due to the strategic importance of the project in terms of national interest.
IGB 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 (TAP) via which gas from the Shah Deniz field will be delivered to the European markets.
The initial capacity of IGB will be 3 billion cubic meters of gas. The project’s cost is estimated at around 240 million euros.
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