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Greece-Bulgaria interconnector: over 303 GWh transported in first days of operations

Over 303,000,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) were transported through the Greece-Bulgaria interconnector in the first days of commercial operation of the gas pipeline. The figure is equal to more than 303 GWh, between 1 October until 9 October.

The independent transmission system operator, ICGB, will offer monthly capacity for the month of November in an auction today (17 October) on two leading European platforms: PRISMA and RBP.

The 182-kilometre gas pipeline connects the gas transmission networks of Greece and Bulgaria at Komotini and Stara Zagora and is Bulgaria’s direct connection to the Trans-Adriatic Gas Pipeline (TAP). Since the first day of this month, the full volumes of Azeri gas under the contract of the Bulgarian side with Azerbaijan are being imported from TAP via IGB.

“The quantities of natural gas supplied daily by ICGB via the interconnector provide Bulgaria and the wider region with a new reliable source of gas, helping us to ensure security and diversification of supply in a difficult period both for the European countries in general and for businesses and individual consumers as well,” said ICGB Executive Officers, Teodora Georgieva and George Satlas.

According to Ms Georgieva and Mr Satlas, daily requests for gas transportation through the pipeline are being fulfilled on schedule and no technical issues have been encountered in the first days of operation of the facility.

The interconnector Greece-Bulgaria has a total capacity of 3 billion cubic meters (bcm) per year, with more than half already booked under long-term contracts of up to 25 years. At full capacity, the gas pipeline can provide almost all of Bulgaria’s winter consumption.

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