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Bulgaria starts building 3 bcm/year gas pipeline to Greece

24 May 2019

Bulgaria has officially started the construction of the 3 bcm/year Interconnection Greece-Bulgaria (IGB) gas pipeline project, that will stretch between Stara Zagora (Bulgaria) and Komotini (Greece) and will help diversify gas supplies in southeastern Europe.

The €240m gas pipeline project is developed by ICGB, a project company owned by Bulgaria's state-owned energy holding company BEH (50%) and IGI Poseidon, the 50-50 joint venture of DEPA (Greece) and Edison (Italy). Construction works will be carried out by Greek gas contractor J&P AVAX. The 182 km-long gas pipeline is expected to be completed by the end of 2020. It will connect to the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) project (Azeri gas supply) through the Turkey-Greece-Italy pipeline (ITGI), to the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) project and to the Revythoussa LNG terminal in Greece. Its capacity could later be raised to 5 bcm/year with reverse flow capacity (2025).

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