site.btaGreece-Bulgaria Gas Inteconnector Construction Largely Completed, Project Company Says
All key construction activities for the implementation of the Greece-Bulgaria gas interconnector project have been completed, the ICGB project company said in a press release on Thursday.
Construction supervision and a number of checks and tests conducted in recent months have established that the gas pipeline and all its land facilities are finished and technically serviceable. The entire 182 km pipeline and the adjoining facilities are now filled with natural gas at 40 bar pressure.
The company has submitted documents to the Regional Development and Public Works Ministry needed to group the remaining construction works into two stages: priority activities as Stage One, and the rest of the activities, which are not directly required for the operation of the interconnector, as stage two.
The Greek company AVAX, which has been contracted to design, build and commission the gas pipeline, has reported to ICGB that Stage One activities were completed by August 1, which will enable a fast commissioning of the pipeline, including priority completion of the supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system for management of the facility.
"All efforts remain targeted at the soonest possible commercialization of the pipeline, the aspiration being to do this even before the start of the forthcoming heating season," the press release said.