Athens, August 11, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Spiros Sideris
Energy Regulatory Authority has approved the invitation “to submit binding offers under the guidelines on the management and allocation of capacity on the interconnector Greece-Bulgaria pipeline, IGB”.
The decision on the guidelines has been posted on “Diavgeia”.
ERA notes the good cooperation between the two energy regulators (Greece and Bulgaria) to overcome the procedural problems.
The work of the Greek-Bulgarian interconnector Natural Gas Pipeline consists of a length of pipeline about 182 km (of which 31 km are within the Greek territory), as well as the necessary support facilities (measuring stations, valve stations, operating center). Starting from Komotini, the pipeline ends at Stara Zagora, connecting the networks Natural Gas Greece and Bulgaria.
There is planning for the transport of quantities of up to 3 billion cubic meters per year, to begin with, with the possibility of increasing to 5 billion cubic meters per year, with the addition of a compressor station.
There is provision for the transport of natural gas to Bulgaria from various sources, through Greece, while there will also be included the possibility of reverse flow (reverse flow). At the same time, the regions of Bulgaria from which the pipeline passes will be supplied with natural gas.
According to the timetable, the project is scheduled to start in the second half of 2016, while the start of its operation is estimated for the beginning of the second half of 2018.
According to information of IBNA, there is also a renewed interest for the construction of the Burgas Alexandroupolis pipeline, with the Russian side wanting its connection with the Turkish Stream, which is back on the table, after the rapprochement of Russia and Turkey, with the visit of Recep Tayyip Erdogan in St. Petersburg on Tuesday.