Lig­nite stock is run­ning out, while gas may not be enough

Kathimerini English - - Focus - CHRYSSA LIAGGOU

A new cold weather front ex­pected to sweep in to­day is likely to put ad­di­tional pres­sure on the coun­try’s al­ready stretched nat­u­ral gas and elec­tric­ity sys­tems.

Con­cerns stem from the fact that lig­nite re­serves are dwin­dling fast at the power sta­tions of Pub­lic Power Cor­po­ra­tion, and the gas-pow­ered plants are be­ing asked to fill in for the pos­si­ble deficit in out­put from lig­nite-fired units. The Re­vit­houssa ter­mi­nal, mean­while, does not have the con­tin­gency re­serves it needs and sched­uled liq­ue­fied nat­u­ral gas cargo de­liv­er­ies may not suf­fice to cover de­mand.

Thurs­day’s de­ci­sion by the Reg­u­la­tory Au­thor­ity for En­ergy (RAE), ask­ing gas-pow­ered plant op­er­a­tors to store con­tin­gency quan­ti­ties, may ag­gra­vate the sit­u­a­tion as it could deprive the sys­tem of some 67,000 cu­bic me­ters of gas. RAE is also threat­en­ing fines against power pro­duc­ers who do not com­ply with this de­ci­sion.

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