BAKU, Azerbaijan, June 24. At present, 140 km out of a total of 182 km of the Interconnector Greece-Bulgaria (IGB) have been reinstated, the ICGB AD, project company, told Trend.
The Greek company AVAX, which is responsible for the construction of the interconnector, has contractual commitments to carrying out all activities on the pipeline's technical design, including completing reinstatement along the entire length of the route, before handing over the project to ICGB as successfully completed. The reinstatement process is in fact restoration of the top layer of soil along the route of the interconnector so that it can be cultivated once again.
From an administrative point of view, there is also a number of tasks for implementation before the start of commercial operation, some of which can be implemented in parallel with the completion of construction and testing activities.
The project company ICGB must be certified as an independent transmission operator in order to have the right to commercially exploit the interconnector. To this end, an approval from the European Commission is expected, which will allow the national energy regulators of Bulgaria and Greece - EWRC and RAE, to issue a final joint decision for certification. This, in turn, will require the introduction of a new ICGB management structure - including the adoption of new internal rules and the election of members of the Management and Supervisory Boards.
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