The purchases by five investors do not raise competition concerns, the European Commission said
Brussels, December 2 - Neftegaz.RU.
The European Commission (EC) announced it had approved the purchase of interests in the planned Gastrade LNG
import project in Greece by 5 investors.
The EC said the acquisitions by Greek gas companies DESFA and DEPA Commercial, Greek businesswoman Asimina-Eleni Copelouzou, Cypriot LNG carrier operator GasLog and Bulgarian gas transmission operator Bulgartransgaz
, did not raise competition concerns.
The floating regasification and storage unit (FSRU
) is due to be placed off the shore of Alexandroupolis and will import up to 5.5 billion m3/year of gas, complementing Greece
's existing Revithoussa terminal.
The new LNG terminal in Alexandroupolis
will improve gas supply and infrastructure not only in Greece, but in the whole South Eastern European region.
The floating unit will be connected to Greece's national natural gas
system via a 28 km long pipeline
, through which the regasified LNG will be transmitted to the markets of Greece, Bulgaria
and the wider region, from Romania, Serbia and North Macedonia to Hungary, Moldova and Ukraine.
It is expected online in 2023, but a final investment decision has not yet been taken.
The EU backed the project with a $200 million grant in June.