The Bulgarian government is now envisioning the prospective IGB (Interconnector Greece Bulgaria) pipeline as a main gas supply route that may cover both its domestic needs as well as those of the neighboring markets of Romania, Serbia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (Fyrom), and even Ukraine, traditionally entirely dependent on Russian supply.
As a result, Bulgarian officials are examining the prospect of doubling the IGB pipeline's annual capacity from five billion cubic meters – it will begin operating at three billion cubic meters before being increased to five billion cubic meters – to ten billion cubic meters.
The thoughts of increasing capacity precede the upcoming results of a new market test that will show the gas pipeline's guaranteed consumer demand level, which will indicate whether the project is economically feasible. The market test result is due at the end of February. These early thoughts of a capacity increase indicate that Bulgarian officials see great potential in the IGB project.