Bel­gium gas firm said to be eye­ing DESFA

Kathimerini English - - Front Page - CHRYSSA LIAGGOU

Bel­gian nat­u­ral gas net­work op­er­a­tor Fluxys is said to be eye­ing the Greek gas grid, after sign­ing an agree­ment on Mon­day with its Greek coun­ter­part (DESFA) for the draft­ing of a study on the cre­ation of a vir­tual gas hub in Greece, which would pave the way for the first re­gional gas hub in south­east­ern Europe.

Fluxys holds a 16 per­cent stake in the con­sor­tium to build and op­er­ate the Tran­sa­dri­atic Pipe­line (TAP), which will run across north­ern Greece, and ac­cord­ing to sources it is closely mon­i­tor­ing de­vel­op­ments in the trans­fer of DESFA’s 66 per­cent stake to Az­eri firm Socar.

Bel­gian of­fi­cials are even ru­mored to have ex­pressed their in­ter­est in the Greek op­er­a­tor in case the deal with Socar does not go through to Greek au­thor­i­ties. They have fur­ther at­trib­uted their ab­sten­tion from the 2012 ten­der for the DESFA stake to un­cer­tainty re­gard­ing the Greek econ­omy at the time.

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