PM Tsipras Visits Greek-Bulgarian Border to Launch New Gas Pipeline



Bulgarian PM Boyko Borissov (L) and Greek PM Alexis Tsipras (R) signing their names on the new pipeline. Photo from Borissov’s Twitter account

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras visited the Greek-Bulgarian border, at the village of Kirkovo on Wednesday, to attend a ceremony for the launching of the construction of a new gas pipeline. The new pipeline will be called “Gas Interconnector Greece-Bulgaria,” or IGB.

Tsipras and the Greek delegation were welcomed by Bulgarian Premier Boyko Borissov and several Bulgarian government ministers.

The project aims to bring Azerbaijani natural gas to Bulgaria and the rest of the Balkans, as part of an EU attempt to diversify its resources. Bulgaria is almost completely reliant on Russian gas for its needs at the present time.

The IGB will transport gas from Greece to Bulgaria and the rest of the Balkans. – icgb.eu

The IGB will connect Greek and Bulgarian gas transfer stations which are already in existence in Komotini, Greece and Stara Zagora, Bulgaria. These stations are already fully operational, and the pipeline which will connect them will have a length of 182 kilometers (113 miles).

Upon its construction, the pipeline will be able to transport up to five billion cubic meters of gas to the Balkans annually. Its cost is believed to be approximately €220 million, with a  significant part of the project being financed by the European Union itself.

The IGB is expected to play a crucial role in the future interconnection of the nations in the southeastern European Union, including Greece, Bulgaria, Romania and Hungary.