ernment said yesterday. Energy Minister Giorgos Lakkotrypis said there had been “strong interest from big companies” in obtaining rights to drill off the Mediterranean island, which hopes to become a regional energy player. Ahead of yesterday’s deadline, eight companies made expressions of interest in rights to three blocks close to Egyptian waters, said Lakkotrypis. The firms’ names will be revealed on Wednesday, he said. Licenses would let firms explore in waters near Egypt’s Zohr field, where Italian energy giant ENI last August discovered the “largest ever” offshore natural gas field in the Mediterranean. Officials from Italy’s ENI and France’s Total have met with President Nicos Anastasiades in recent weeks to discuss exploring the
Athens-listed telecoms company Forthnet announced yesterday that it has unified all of its services for households and small and mediumsized enterprises (SMEs), under the brand name “Nova” of its satellite TV platform. Under the brand “Nova,” subscribers will be able to find comprehensive and innovative services including Internet, telephony and pay-TV, meeting their needs for entertainment and communication, the company stated. At the same time, all Forthnet shops around Greece are being rebranded as Nova Shops.