Over 70 kilometres of line pipes for the construction of the Greece-Bulgaria gas interconnector have already been delivered on the territory of the two countries, with active work underway for clearing the route and stringing. Production and delivery works of line pipes for the gas interconnector are carried out according to the initial schedule, despite the unforeseen challenges of the pandemic, reads the statement of the project company.
The Interconnector Greece-Bulgaria (IGB) project envisages the construction of a gas interconnector that will link the gas transmission systems of Greece and Bulgaria. The total length of the gas pipeline is 182.6 km, and its capacity for gas transmission is 3 billion cubic metres per year with the option to reach 5 billion cubic metres.
Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov, together with the Energy Minister Temenuzhka Petkova visited one of the construction sites and highlighted the importance of the IGB project as part of the development of the Southern Gas Corridor.
The Bulgarian Prime Minister pointed out that the interconnector will provide access to Bulgaria and its neighbouring countries to alternative supplies and connectivity to other planned gas projects, such as the liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in Alexandroupolis.
According to the project company, ICGB, the pipe stringing on Bulgarian territory reached seven kilometres. As of the beginning of May, 50 manual welding procedures already have been completed and automatic welding is expected to start soon as well. The non-destructive testing of the welded connections has already begun. ICGB stated that 50 kilometres of the land along the route of the IGB project have been cleared, with 35 kilometres on the territory of Bulgaria and the rest on the territory of Greece.
The contractor for the production and delivery of the line pipes, Corinth Pipework produced nearly 50 per cent of the required line pipes already. Deliveries have been distributed in five main milestones, the first two of which have already been successfully completed.
“We are grateful for the efforts that all teams have made to ensure the IGB project is progressing despite the unusual circumstances the world has faced in recent months,” said the Executive Officers of the project company, Teodora Georgieva and Konstantinos Karagiannakos, adding that currently, they don’t expect serious deviations from the originally set deadline according to the contract for the implementation of IGB.