Ten­der launched for hy­dro­car­bon sur­vey­ing in three land re­gions

Kathimerini English - - C O M M E N Tary - BY CHRYSSA LIAGGOU

The road opened up yes­ter­day for the sub­mis­sion of of­fers for the con­ces­sion ten­der con­cern­ing three land re­gions in Western Greece that are be­lieved to hold hy­dro­car­bon re­serves. The procla­ma­tion was pub­lished in the Of­fi­cial Jour­nal of the Euro­pean Union and ap­pli­ca­tions must be sub­mit­ted within three months (by Fe­bru­ary 6, 2015).

The ten­der was trig­gered by Ital­ian company Enel’s re­quest in April re­gard­ing hy­dro­car­bon sur­vey­ing in the re­gions of Arta and Preveza in south­ern Epirus, Ai­toloacar­na­nia in western Greece and the north­west­ern Pelo­pon­nese, as the law pro­vides for a ten­der to be launched so that other par­ties can also bid for each re­gion.

In fact there have al­ready been ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est in the ten­der from Hel­lenic Pe­tro­leum, which has also un­der­taken the Pa­traikos Gulf near Pa­tra, and En­ergean Oil, which has earned the con­ces­sion of the re­gions of Ioan­nina in Epirus and Katakolo, off the western Pelo­pon­nesian coast.

The procla­ma­tion for the three re­gions in Western Greece had been sent to the EU’s of­fi­cial gazette along with that for the con­ces­sion of 20 blocks in the Io­nian Sea and to the south of Crete, which ac­cord­ing to es­ti­mates will be pub­lished in the com­ing days. That ten­der is there­fore in the pipe­line too, and the En­vi­ron­ment and En­ergy Min­istry is ex­pect­ing the par­tic­i­pa­tion of at least three ma­jor global oil com­pa­nies.

US visit

Dur­ing his visit to the United States last week, Min­is­ter Yian­nis Ma­ni­atis pre­sented the pro­gram for the uti­liza­tion of Greek hy­dro­car­bons to En­ergy Sec­re­tary Ernest Moniz, Un­der Sec­re­tary of State for Eco­nomic Growth and En­ergy Cather­ine Novelli and Michelle Pa­tron, spe­cial as­sis­tant to Pres­i­dent Barack Obama and se­nior di­rec­tor for en­ergy and cli­mate change on the Na­tional Se­cu­rity Staff.

How­ever the Greek min­istry has made it clear that the round of con­ces­sions re­gard­ing the land blocks at Arta-Preveza, Ai­toloacar­na­nia and in the north­west­ern Pelo­pon­nese will pre­cede the big­ger ten­der con­cern­ing the Io­nian Sea and the re­gion south of Crete.

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