KOMOTINI – Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is attending the official inauguration of the Greek-Bulgarian natural gas pipeline Interconnector Greece-Bulgaria (IGB) in the Komotini industrial zone at noon on Friday. Also invited to attend the event are Bulgarian Prime Minister Kiril Petkov and the energy ministers of Bulgaria and Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan supplies the natural gas to the TAP pipeline, which is connected to the IGB.
The IGB will connect Komotini with Stara Zagora in Bulgaria and carry natural gas from the TAP pipeline to the Bulgarian network. It can currently transport up to three billion cubic metres of gas, while there is an option to increase this to five billion cubic metres.
Started many years ago, the project takes on particular significance at the present time, in light of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and highlights Greece’s important role, especially that of Thrace, in the energy sector and for boosting the energy security of countries in the region.
Before attending the inauguration, the prime minister is to tour the regional unit of Rodopi.