Skrekas: IGB pipeline to start operating by the end of July

Skrekas: IGB pipeline to start operating by the end of July

The Greece-Bulgaria (IGB) natural gas pipeline, which will be inaugurated on Friday in Komotini in the presence of the two countries' prime ministers, will go into operation by the end of July, Environment and Energy Minister Kostas Skrekas said, addressing the Economist Conference on Wednesday.

The minister underlined Greece's role for enhancing energy security in the region and the EU with LNG infrastructure that are currently in operation, as well-planned new installations, the East Med natural gas pipeline, the upgrading of the electricity interconnection with Bulgaria, Albania and Italy and with the construction of an electricity interconnection with Egypt. He also noted that Revythoussa station already covers up to 80 percent of the demand in Bulgaria on a daily basis. The IGB pipeline will have the capacity to transport 3 billion cubic meters of natural gas, with option to upgrade to 5 billion cubic meters, he said.

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