Bulgaria: Gas interconnector with Greece will not be ready until June 2022

Bulgaria: Gas interconnector with Greece will not be ready until June 2022

On June 30, 2022, was adjusted the deadline for the start of commercial operation of the IGB pipeline , after the postponement of the completion of the project by 8 months, due to the obstacles caused by the pandemic in the construction works. Thus, as the pipeline will be technically ready at the end of the year, instead of the April 2021 that was originally planned, the deadline for its commercial operation has been postponed to next summer, said the chairman of the Bulgarian Energy and Water Regulatory Commission, Ivan Ivanov.

“We agreed on the request received from the company ICGB for extension of the term for commissioning of the interconnector from Greece’s Komotini to Bulgaria’s Stara Zagora until June 30, 2022. This is the foreseeable period during which the interconnector Nea Mesimvria – Sidirokastro – Kulata will have to be used for alternative deliveries. And they are absolutely necessary for Bulgaria, because they can have a positive impact on consumers regarding the price of natural gas”, said Ivanov./ibna