By Ayya Lmahamad
The independent transmission operator ICGB has been granted a
natural gas transmission permit, ICGB AD told Azernews.
A day before the start of the commercial operation of the
Interconnector Greece-Bulgaria (IGB), the Bulgarian Energy and
Water Regulatory Commission (EWRC) adopted a decision to authorize
the start of the activities for the transmission of natural gas by
This final document certifies that the company has successfully
fulfilled all the conditions under the license issued in November
2021 for the activity of natural gas transmission through the IGB
'With its decision, EWRC confirms that ICGB is practically
resource-, technically- and financially ready to carry out the
transmission of natural gas through the facility. The
interconnector begins commercial operation on October 1, on the
first day of the new heating season and the first day of the new
gas year,' the statement reads.
All administrative and regulatory requirements for the start of
the operation on the territory of both host countries have already
been met. Earlier, the two national energy regulators of Bulgaria
and Greece - EWRC and RAE – came out with a joint decision,
approving changes to the Network and Tariff Codes of ICGB. A change
in the date of entry into commercial operation to October 1 was
The IGB gas pipeline is designed to connect the Greek national
gas transmission system (DESFA S.A.) and the Trans-Adriatic gas
pipeline (TAP AG) in the area of Komotini (Greece), and with the
Bulgarian gas transmission system (Bulgartransgaz EAD) in the area
of Stara Zagora. The total length of the gas pipeline is 182 km,
the diameter of the pipe is 32'', and a design capacity of up to 3
billion m3/year in the direction of Greece and Bulgaria.
The pipeline is designed to increase its capacity up to 5 bcm/y,
depending on market interest and the capacities of neighboring gas
The opening ceremony of the Interconnector Greece-Bulgaria was
held in Komotini on July 8.
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