BAKU, Azerbaijan, October 6. The Interconnector Greece-Bulgaria (IGB) is yet to complete some elements that do not affect its operation, Teodora Georgieva, executive director of the ICGB company, said in an exclusive interview with Trend.
She noted that while the speed of the EPC contractor wasn’t always as desirable or as planned, all tests showed no technical issues.
“All infrastructure that’s part of the project – linear part, block valves, gas metering stations etc. have been tested under pressure much higher than the operational one. Finishing work on the completion of the EPC contract – part of the Greek contractor AVAX’s duties, include mostly the spare optical cable and anti-erosion measures – elements that do not affect the operational readiness of the gas pipeline. These will all be finalized under ICGB’s supervision and under strict control of the relevant national institutions,” Georgieva explained.
IGB connects Bulgaria with the Southern Gas Corridor and will enable secure supplies from a variety of sources to several countries in Southeast and Central Europe, including Moldova and Ukraine.
The pipeline is set to transport 1 billion cubic meters of Azerbaijani gas per year to Bulgaria. Its capacity is 3 billion cubic meters with the possibility of expanding to 5 billion cubic meters per year.
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