All gas-filled IGB installations

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By Sabina Mammadli

All gas storage facilities at the Greece-Bulgaria Interconnector (IGB), designed to transport Azerbaijani gas, have been filled, reports Azernews by ICGB AD.

According to the company, currently all major construction activities for the implementation of the project have been completed, and since mid-June all gas storage facilities have been filled with gas and successfully tested with actual quantities of gas. natural gas.

The gas pipeline and all adjacent aboveground facilities – seven block valves, two gas metering stations and a dispatch center – have been declared complete and technically sound, which has been established by both the supervision construction of the project and by a number of inspections and tests carried out over the past few months.

“To date, the 182 km and adjacent facilities are filled with natural gas at a pressure of 40 bars. The execution of secondary activities, which are not directly related to the operation of the interconnector but are part of the project activities foreseen under the ECP contract, is ongoing,” the company said.

The ICGB has submitted a proposal to the Bulgarian Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works to establish the phasing of the project in order to speed up the administrative processes necessary to ensure Acts 15 and 16.

The main objective of the project is to carry out all the activities necessary for the start of commercial operation within the framework of phase 1, which would allow a rapid start of the transmission of natural gas via the interconnection.

Under Phase 1, the highest priority activities include the already completed construction of the pipeline and aboveground facilities, cathodic protection testing, paneling along the pipeline, and completion of integration and SCADA system testing for automatic control and interconnection management, dispatch center fire protection system testing, etc.

The other phase includes the finalization of the placement of the spare optical cable, the implementation of anti-erosion measures along the pipeline route, as well as the completion of the road to the gas metering station near Stara Zagora .

Separately, it was reported that the Greek company AVAX, which is executing the contract for the design, construction and commissioning of the IGB, has submitted information to the ICGB indicating the end of August as the deadline for the completion of phase 1 activities.

This also includes prioritizing the completion of the automated system (SCADA) needed to manage the pipeline.

The IGB project is of paramount importance to increase security of supply and ensure the diversification of natural gas sources for Bulgaria and the South East European region. At the regional level, IGB will provide access to the gas transmission network to Bulgarian municipalities and regions that did not have a connectivity option.

The interconnection via Greece is an entirely new route for transporting natural gas to Europe and will allow Bulgaria and the region to access supplies from new sources. The project will connect the country to the Southern Gas Corridor and has excellent synergy with other major energy projects such as TAP, TANAP, EastMed and the Alexandroupolis LNG terminal.

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