(MENAFN- Trend News Agency)
BAKU, Azerbaijan, Oct.1. Azerbaijani gas
volumes to Bulgaria provide the backbone of IGB project, Teodora
Georgieva, executive director of the ICGB said, addressing the
ceremony of commercial launch of IGB, Trend reports.
“I would like to emphasize the importance of the support of our
partners and friends from Azerbaijan. Today they are here once
again with the highest presence of President Ilham Aliyev.
Azerbaijani gas volumes to Bulgaria provide the backbone of the
project and fill a third of its pipeline capacity with potential
for additional volumes,” she said.
'Today is of great importance for us - we mark the commercial
launch of a strategic energy project, the importance of which goes
beyond the national borders of Greece and Bulgaria. With the
commissioning of IGB, we are entering a key stage in the
development of the region's energy system and taking a huge step
forward towards a stronger, more connected and independent Europe,'
said ICGB Executive Officer Teodora Georgieva. She thanked all
parties that contributed to the realization of the project - the
shareholders of ICGB, the company's team, the national governments
of Greece and Bulgaria over the years, the European Commission and
international partners from a number of countries such as
Azerbaijan and the USA, as well as the energy regulators of the two
countries developing IGB.
'It's no coincidence that the ICGB team and I have been saying
over the years that this interconnect is a game-changer. This is
the first project in Bulgaria that brings real diversification of
natural gas sources and ensures energy independence; the first
fully automated gas pipeline in the country, and for its completion
we executed the third largest horizontally directed drilling in
Europe. IGB will also be Bulgaria's only direct connection with TAP
and will make the country part of the Southern Gas Corridor,'
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