IGB welding activities nearing completion

Oil&Gas Materials 30 October 2021 11:55 (UTC +04:00)
IGB welding activities nearing completion

BAKU, Azerbaijan, Oct.30

By Leman Zeynalova – Trend:

The welding activities for the Interconnector Greece-Bulgaria are completed at 96 percent, the ICGB AD, a project company, told Trend.

Nearly 140 km of the 182-kilometer route are fully completed - welded and lowered in the trench, said the ICGB AD.

The project company noted that the implementation of the other facilities planned for the project - gas measuring station near Stara Zagora and dispatch center near Haskovo – is progressing as well.

The IGB project is being implemented by the joint venture company ICGB AD, registered in Bulgaria in 2011, with shareholders BEH EAD (50%) and IGI Poseidon (50%). The co-shareholder IGI Poseidon is a company, registered in Greece, with shareholders being the Greek public gas corporation DEPA SA (50%) and the Italian energy group Edison SpA (50%).

In accordance with its Statute, ICGB AD will be the owner of the IGB gas pipeline and will finance its realization, will allocate its capacity and will receive the revenue from the transportation of natural gas.

The IGB gas pipeline will be connected with the Greek national gas transmission system in the area of Komotini and with the Bulgarian national gas transmission system in the area of Stara Zagora. The planned length of the pipeline is 182 km, the pipeline diameter will be 32” and the projected capacity will be up to 3 bcm/y in the direction from Greece to Bulgaria. Depending on the interest from the market and the capacities of the neighboring gas transmission systems, the pipeline is designed for increasing its capacity up to 5 bcm/y for following up the market evolution thus allowing physical reverse flow (from Bulgaria to Greece) with the additional installation of a compressor station. A Memorandum for cooperation between ICGB AD and TAP AG has been signed concerning joint actions in relation to future connection between the IGB pipeline and the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline.


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