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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 16-08-10

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  • [01] Energy regulator approves invitation for IGB capacity management tender
  • [02] Political parties congratulate Olympic gold medalist Korakaki

  • [01] Energy regulator approves invitation for IGB capacity management tender

    The board at RAE, the Regulatory Authority for Energy, approved on Wednesday an invitation to companies to submit binding bids for the management and allocation of capacity on the Interconnector Greece-Bulgaria pipeline (IGB).

    The guidelines have been published on the government's Diavgeia website. RAE also said it is working with Bulgaria's regulator to overcome procedural problems.

    The IGB project consists of pipeline with an overall length of approximately 182 km, 31 of which are inside Greek territory, as well as supporting infrastructure (metering stations, valve stations and operation center). Its entry point will be in the vicinity of Komotini and the exit point near Stara Zagora in Bulgaria.

    The present process of design, permitting procedures and financial structuring envisages the development of the IGB Pipeline with a transportation capacity of approximately 3 bNcm/y of natural gas from Greece to Bulgaria with ~57 barg pressure at the entry point and ~42 barg pressure at the exit point.

    The technical design of the pipeline has reflected the possibility to meet possible future market needs for a higher transportation capacity through an upgrade to approximately 5 bNcm/y, which could be achieved through the installation of a compressor station.

    According to the timeframe, construction is expected to start in the second half of 2016, while the start of operation is seen at the start of the second half of 2018.

    [02] Political parties congratulate Olympic gold medalist Korakaki

    Greek parties hailed on Wednesday the double victory of shooter Anna Korakaki who won gold medal in the women's 25-meter pistol on Tuesday evening and bronze in the 10-meter air pistol final earlier in Rio's Olympics.

    SYRIZA said in a press release the Olympic champion's success is of "historic proportions" as she managed to conquer two medals in the same Games. "Her family and particularly her father and coach also deserve our warmest congratulations, who supported the athlete in her road to her historic achievement," the party added.

    On his side, New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis said the great success of Korakaki "made us all feel proud", noting that the complaints leveled by athletes against politicians who only remember them when they win medals "are justified". "The conditions under which Anna trained are inconsistent with her great talent. Unfortunately, sports didn't escape the large cuts of the memorandum years," he added.

    In his message to the gold medalist, Communist Party leader Dimitris Koutsoumbas sent its congratulations to Korakaki and her family, adding that her success "has even more value when one considers the difficulties you encountered during your training."

    Taking to his Facebook account, Potami leader Stavros Theodorakis said her victory was great for a society "that wants to believe in itself again, and you're showing it the way."

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