The last step before the commercial operation of the Greece-Bulgaria (IGB) interconnector includes the implementation of a number of administrative procedures under the jurisdiction of several Bulgarian and Greek institutions, said the company’s executive director. ICGB AD project from Bulgaria, Teodora Georgieva. Orientation.
“We have already started to coordinate with all parties involved to ensure that we help them fulfill all administrative requirements more quickly. Since the second half of June, the interconnector has been filled with test quantities of natural gas. The route and its surface infrastructure have already been successfully tested, especially with the transfer of natural gas in the Stara Zagora – Komotini direction, and since the beginning of July, the Komotini station has also been filled with gas,” she said. declared.
Georgieva noted that the most important task at the moment is the integration of the automated control and overall management system of the gas pipeline (the so-called SCADA system) as well as the preliminary work ensuring the safe operation of the pipe.
“The process is ongoing, and it is being implemented by the EPC contractor – we expect them to recognize the importance of this activity and will push to complete the process as soon as possible. SCADA is responsible for the transmission of information and all data necessary for the safe operation of the pipeline through the communication network and will allow dispatchers to monitor and control the entire installation from a centralized control center remotely.IGB will be the first fully automated gas pipeline in Bulgaria and it is crucial that the system is fully integrated and tested before going into commercial operation Now that ICGB has been certified as an independent transmission system operator – a very important for us – we have a month to introduce a new management system in the company. It is an internal task, but it is no less important”, added the executive director. f.
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