The Interconnector Greece-Bulgaria (IGB), which will transport Azerbaijani gas, gives a strong impetus to achieve the common European goal of energy autonomy, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said at the IGB inauguration ceremony on Friday.
“Today is a very important moment for Greece and Bulgaria, but also for all the Balkans, for all of Europe. Because we are not only going to inaugurate a gas pipeline, but an energy bridge, linking the geographical South with the North, bringing Greece and Bulgaria closer together,” he stressed.
Mitsotakis pointed out that Greece is protecting its energy independence, while also becoming an energy hub for all of Europe.
“The pipeline will be connected to the TAP and will also supply the facilities in Alexandroupolis,” the prime minister added.
The IGB will enable gas transportation and supply from new sources, which makes it a key element of Bulgaria’s energy security and part of the national plan to diversify gas sources. The capacity of the pipeline will be three billion cubic meters of gas with a possibility to increase it to five billion cubic meters. Half of the interconnector’s capacity has already been reserved.