Rus­sian bid to mod­ern­ize PPC lig­nite units

Kathimerini English - - Focus - CHRYSSA LIAGGOU

Moscow has pro­posed­bring­ing Rus­sian equip­ment for the mod­ern­iza­tion of the lig­nite units of Pub­lic Power Cor­po­ra­tion, just as PPC is plan­ning a strate­gic co­op­er­a­tion with China Ma­chin­ery En­gi­neer­ing Cor­po­ra­tion (CMEC) for the same project.

The in­ter­est of Rus­sian com­pa­nies in the PPC over­haul was ex­pressed in the con­text of a GreekRus­sian en­ergy con­fer­ence that took place in Athens last week. Meet­ing on the side­lines of the event, An­drey Proklon­sky, a se­nior of­fi­cial of Group En­er­go­cen­ter – whose mem­bers in­clude ma­jor Rus­sian state firms such as the Tyazh­mash Group of Com­pa­nies, Zarubezhvod­stroy Joint Stock Com­pany, Min­skstroy State In­dus­trial As­so­ci­a­tion, Gidromon­tazh Trust etc – pre­sented PPC chief Mano­lis Panayio­takis with a de­tailed pro­posal for the fi­nanc­ing and in­stal­la­tion of new equip­ment at the old lig­nite units of Greece’s main power com­pany.

The pro­posal, as de­scribed by Proklon­sky himself to Kathimerini, con­cerns the re­place­ment of aged equip­ment at eight PPC units – with a to­tal ca­pac­ity of 2 gi­gawatts – with state-of-the-art ma­chin­ery. Asked about PPC’s agree­ment with CMEC, Proklon­sky ap­peared un­con­cerned by com­pe­ti­tion from China.

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