BAKU, Azerbaijan, July 30. The Interconnector Greece-Bulgaria (IGB), which will transport Azerbaijani gas, may become operational in August, said Kiril Petkov, Bulgaria’s prime minister, Trend reports.
Bulgarian media quoted him as saying at a briefing that IGB now has Act 14 (the first step of control of construction works), and that the project company building the interconnector has assumed the commitment to provide Acts 15 (ascertaining the construction's condition and its readiness to be put into operation) and 16 (a formal authorization for use) by the end of August.
The IGB project is of key importance for increasing security of supply and for ensuring diversification of natural gas sources for Bulgaria and the region of Southeast Europe. At the regional level, IGB will provide access to the gas transmission network for Bulgarian municipalities and regions that didn’t have an option for connectivity. The interconnector with Greece is an entirely new route for the transmission of natural gas to Europe and will give Bulgaria and the region access to supplies from new sources. The project will connect the country with the Southern Gas Corridor and has excellent synergy with other major energy projects such as TAP, TANAP, EastMed and the LNG terminal at Alexandroupolis.
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