The opening ceremony of the Greece-Bulgaria interconnector (IGB), which will transport Azerbaijani natural gas to Bulgaria, took place.
This is stated in the press service of the Ministry of Energy of Azerbaijan, reports Interfax-Ukraine.
In September 2013, Bulgargaz EAD signed a 25-year agreement for the purchase of 1 billion cubic meters of Azerbaijani gas per year as part of Stage 2 of the development of the Shah Deniz field. In May 2019, the foundation laying ceremony of the IGB was held in Kirkovo (Bulgaria).
At the end of March 2022, the operator announced that the interconnector has already been connected to the Trans-Adriatic Gas Pipeline (TAP), which will give Bulgaria access to gas from Azerbaijan for the first time.
With the commissioning of the IGB, the injection will initially supply Bulgaria with 1 billion cubic meters of gas per year, with a further increase to a design capacity of 3 billion cubic meters of gas per year.
The supply of Azerbaijani gas to Europe – Italy, Greece and Bulgaria – began on December 31, 2020 through the Trans-Adriatic gas pipeline. However, due to the lack of an interconnector, the volumes of transportation to Bulgaria were several times smaller than planned – 250-300 million cubic meters per year instead of 1 billion cubic meters per year.
TAP is the last component of the “Southern Gas Corridor” project – the infrastructure for the supply of Azerbaijani gas to Europe. Джерело: https://biz.censor.net/n3352952