By Ayya Lmahamad
The Interconnector Greece-Bulgaria (IGB) gas pipeline, which is on track for a commercial launch on October 1, is in the final stages of completion and the administrative procedures for granting the operating license and legal deeds of use are underway in both countries, ICGB AD told Azernews. .
“The entire 31 km section of the interconnector on Greek territory was inspected for two days (September 8-9) with representatives of the Greek Ministry of Environment and Energy (Directorate of Hydrocarbons -Facilities Department) and ICGB management,” the statement read.
The inspection is part of the procedure for granting the operating license for the section of the gas pipeline on the territory of the Hellenic Republic. The delegation inspected in detail the gas metering station near Komotini, one of the block valves, the connection points with TAP and DESFA, including the entire linear part of the gas pipeline in Greece.
“The entire process includes on-site inspections and a detailed review of a series of project documents. This is done to ensure that the completed work meets all prerequisites for the safe operation of the entire natural gas infrastructure. The feedback we are currently receiving from members of this site visit is positive and we hope this will result in the timely issuance of the required operating permit for Greece,” said ICGB Leader Teodora Georgieva and George Satlas.
The two officials stressed the national and international importance of the commercial launch of IGB which is scheduled for October 1st.
“We envision a pipeline that opens a new secure gateway for diversified natural gas deliveries not only for the two host countries, but for the wider SEE region and with the possibility of also transmitting natural gas to Ukraine and to Moldova. All efforts remain focused on completing the remaining secondary activities under the EPC contract and the required administrative procedures in Greece and Bulgaria in order to meet the set deadline,” said Teodora Georgieva and George Satlas.
Moreover, alongside the audits on the Greek side, the ICGB is actively cooperating with all relevant Bulgarian institutions for the granting of Law 16 and the required license of use for operational activities under the national legislation.
The IGB pipeline is designed to connect to the Greek national gas transmission network (DESFA SA) and the trans-Adriatic gas pipeline (TAP AG) in the Komotini region (Greece) and to the Bulgarian gas transmission network (Bulgartransgaz EAD) in the Stara Zagora region. The total length of the gas pipeline is 182 km, and the pipe diameter is 32” with a nominal capacity of up to 3 billion m3/year in the Greece-Bulgaria direction.
The pipeline is designed to increase its capacity up to 5 billion cubic meters per year depending on market interest and the capacities of neighboring gas transmission networks.
The opening ceremony of the Greece-Bulgaria Interconnector was held in Komotini on July 8.
Ayya Lmahamad is the journalist of AzerNews, follow her on Twitter: @AyyaLmahamad
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