BAKU, Azerbaijan, July 30. Indeed, to increase the capacity of the Interconnector Greece-Bulgaria (IGB) to 5 billion cubic meters per year, it is necessary to build a compressor station in Kamatini, Greece, said Teodora Georgieva, executive director of the project company ICGB AD from Bulgaria. said in an exclusive interview with The trend.

“Given the administrative and regulatory process for this, the ICGB has already begun to explore and develop options that can facilitate this increase in transport capacity. The process takes place in close cooperation with DESFA and TAP. The whole process is still at an early stage, considering the current stage and focus of the project. However, we could consider achieving this capacity upgrade in late 2023 or in 2024 to match the operational readiness of the LNG terminal in Alexandroupolis – this project has great synergies with IGB and I am confident that if both are operational, our capacity will reach maximum,” she explained.

Georgieva noted that both the IGB and the Alexandroupolis LNG terminal are critical to achieving diversification for Bulgaria, Greece and the Balkans, increasing competition and increasing security of gas supply in the region.

The IGB project is key to increasing security of supply and diversifying natural gas sources for Bulgaria and the Southeast European region. At the regional level, the IGB will provide access to the gas transport network for Bulgarian municipalities and regions that did not have the possibility of connection. The interconnector with Greece is a completely new route for the transmission of natural gas to Europe and will give Bulgaria and the region access to supplies from new sources. The project will connect the country to the Southern Gas Corridor and perfectly interacts with other major energy projects such as TAP, TANAP, EastMed and the LNG terminal in Alexandroupolis.

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