BAKU, Azerbaijan, May 16. Testing of the gas metering station near Stara Zagora has completed as part of construction of the Interconnector Greece-Bulgaria (IGB), the ICGB AD, project company, told Trend.
Reportedly, the gas metering station near Stara Zagora will be fully completed in May.
“The linear part of the IGB project is fully completed. In the first half of May, an in-pipe inspection was conducted along the entire length of the interconnector by means of an intelligent piston, and this process is used to further verify the quality performance of the pipeline. The linear part is already registered by the Bulgarian State Agency for Metrology and Technical Supervision (SAMTS) and is about to be issued an act for initial inspection. Finishing works are still being carried out at the gas metering station near Stara Zagora, which is 94 percent complete. The equipment has successfully passed pneumatic tests, which certify its strength and density. The tests were performed at 1.3 times higher pressure than the normal during an actual operational phase, and no non-compliance with the requirements and standards was found,” the company said.
Functional tests of the station are to begin soon, including with real quantities of natural gas – this is among the mandatory requirements before confirming the technical readiness of the facility for future operation. In June, this process will be repeated for the gas metering station near the Greek city of Komotini, where the construction implementation is also progressing.
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