The European Commission has endorsed Greek privatization fund TAIPED’s intention to relaunch a failed tender for the development of “South Kavala”, an almost depleted natural gas field in the Aegean Sea’s north, as an underground natural gas storage facility (UGS) that would, under the new plan, also be equipped to store hydrogen.
Brussels’ decision on the South Kavala UGS has been included in a just-published European Commission post-program surveillance report covering the state of the Greek economy and its developments.
TAIPED declared that the South Kavala UGS had ended without a result in March. At the time, the privatization fund also noted it would assess international gas market conditions, taking into account circumstances created by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, as well as the European Commission’s REPowerEU decisions, to decide on whether it would relaunch the South Kavala UGS tender in the short term.
As previously reported by energypress, TAIPED has submitted an application to Brussels to have the UGS included on the European Commission’s project-supporting PCI list, as a facility also equipped to store hydrogen.