Greece-Bulgaria gas pipeline delayed until June 2022

The Greece-Bulgaria interconnection (IGB) the pipeline will not become operational until June 2022, the Bulgarian energy regulator ad Wednesday.

“We have agreed to the ICGB’s request to extend the deadline for starting operations of the IGB to June 30, 2022,” said Ivan Ivanov, head of the Bulgarian energy regulator.

The IGB has been qualified as a project of “national importance” by Greece under Law 4001/2001, as well as by the Bulgarian Council of Ministers.

The IGB will be connected to the Greek national gas transmission system in the Komotini region in northern Greece and to the Bulgarian national gas transmission system in the Stara Zagora region.

According to the ICGB, the covid-19 pandemic and the need for an additional environmental assessment for a passage under a dam in the Bulgarian section, have delayed the construction of the gas pipeline.

The length of the IGB pipeline is estimated at 182 km, of which 151 km are in Bulgaria and the remaining 31 km are in Greece.

* Find out more about the GCT: the agreement on the Greece-Bulgaria gas pipeline ratified in parliament
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