Ten­der planned for cre­ation of gas stor­age fa­cil­ity near Kavala

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En­ergy Min­is­ter Yian­nis Ma­ni­atis yes­ter­day an­nounced state sell­off fund TAIPED’s procla­ma­tion of a ten­der for the cre­ation of a nat­u­ral gas stor­age fa­cil­ity at the South Kavala re­serve in east­ern Mace­do­nia.

Ad­dress­ing the 19th na­tional en­ergy con­fer­ence of the In­sti­tute of En­ergy of South East Europe (IENE), Ma­ni­atis noted the three­year de­lay on the is­sue and added that the min­istry has now set mat­ters on course so that the ten­der can start very soon, adding that this is an in­vest­ment that can at­tract in­ter­na­tional in­vestors.

The stor­age fa­cil­ity is among the Euro­pean Union’s pri­or­ity projects as it is ex­cep­tion­ally im­por­tant for en­ergy se­cu­rity. It will also con­sti­tute one of three pos­si­ble sources of sup­ply for the pipe­line link­ing the Greek is­lands of the Aegean with the Baltic coun­tries, which the Greek side ex­pects to start op­er­at­ing by 2017. The other two sources will be the Trans Adri­atic Pipe­line (TAP) and the off­shore stor­age units planned in north­ern Greece.

The coun­try’s aim is to evolve into a key en­ergy player in the broader re­gion. Be­sides TAP, which Ma­ni­atis says is on sched­ule, this goal will be re­al­ized through the pipe­line con­nect­ing the re­serves of the East­ern Mediter­ranean with other Euro­pean mar­kets by way of Cyprus, Crete and main­land Greece, and the EastMed and IGI pipe­lines, which Ma­ni­atis branded as top pri­or­ity.

Mean­while Az­eri state en­ergy gi­ant Socar an­nounced yes­ter­day that its head, Rov­nag Ab­dul­layev, met on Mon­day in Athens with Prime Min­is­ter An­to­nis Sa­ma­ras to dis­cuss is­sues re­lated to the im- ple­men­ta­tion of TAP and the com­ple­tion of the process for the sale of a 66 per­cent stake in Greece’s nat­u­ral gas trans­mis­sion net­work op­er­a­tor (DESFA) to Socar. The meet­ing took place a few days after the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion an­nounced the start of an in-depth in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Socar’s en­try in the Greek mar­ket.

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