IGB pipeline obtains Law 15 for Bulgarian territory [PHOTO]

By Ayya Lmahamad

The Greece-Bulgaria Interconnector (IGB) now has act 15 for Bulgarian territory, ICGB AD told Azernews.

The company noted that pipeline commissioning procedures are progressing as planned and commercial operations will begin on October 1.

Act 15 certifies that the installation is complete and technically sound, as the EPC contractor – the Greek company AVAX, hands it over as a completed site to the procuring entity – the independent gas transmission operator ICGB AD.

“This is the last step we need to take to obtain Law 16 in Bulgaria and the corresponding license for use. We have provided the institutions with all the necessary documents, and we hope that the administrative procedures will be completed by the end. next week, so that we can begin commercial operation on October 1 as planned,” said ICGB leaders Teodora Georgieva and George Satlas.

In order to optimize the process of pipeline commissioning and issuance of a use permit, ICGB sent in advance requests for preliminary opinions and necessary documents to 27 supervisory authorities, municipal governments, companies operating and others. Accordingly, to date, positive positions have been received from all parties concerned. In order to further reduce administrative delays, all the necessary documentation has been submitted to the Bulgarian Directorate of National Construction Control (DNCC) beforehand and has already been reviewed.

“We are awaiting the convening of a committee for Act 16, we have taken all necessary steps to make this possible,” the ICGB leaders said.

In addition, the leaders of the ICGB pointed out that at the same time work is continuing for the necessary operating license in Greece, so that before the end of September the installation will also be authorized on Greek territory.

“The 72-hour tests, during which natural gas is transported at working pressure in the direction from Komotini to Stara Zagora, have already been carried out. There are no technical problems or setbacks, everything is ready for commercial exploitation,” they said.

Given the importance of the timely commissioning of the IGB pipeline and the start of the heating season, the remaining activities under the project are divided into phases, with the signing today of Law 15 between ICGB, the construction company, the construction and supervision of the author marking the end of the first phase of these activities.

This phase contains all the elements that are of direct importance for the start of commercial operation of the pipeline. Secondary activities are identified in a separate step that must be carried out by the Greek company AVAX as part of its contractual obligations. Any secondary activities identified as part of the additional phase do not directly affect the operational readiness of the facility – eg asphalt laying, erosion control measures, spare optical cable. Work on all the above-mentioned activities is continuing and their final implementation will be controlled by both the procuring entity and the institutions concerned and will be the subject of a separate law.

The IGB gas pipeline is designed to connect the Greek National Gas Transmission Network (DESFA SA) and the Trans-Adriatic Gas Pipeline (TAP AG) in the Komotini region (Greece), and with the Bulgarian Gas Transmission Network (Bulgartransgaz EAD) in the Stara Zagora region. The total length of the gas pipeline is 182 km, the diameter of the pipe is 32”, and 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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