Country’s gain from ‘Greek Stream’ way overestimated

Despite still being at a theoretical stage, much has been said about “Turkish Stream”, Moscow’s latest proposal for Russian gas supply to the EU through the south, via Greek territory – this segment has been dubbed “Greek Stream” – and the figures concerning the prospective commercial gains for Greece if a deal is reached with Russia.

For a more realistic view, it should be pointed out that, based on the European Union’s Third Energy Package, aiming to further open up gas and electricity markets in the EU, transit fees are not permitted. Earnings to be generated will be provided through participation in the consortium to construct the project and collect fees from users.

For older projects, such fees ranged between two and three dollars per 1,000 cubic meters. Considering that the pipeline’s initial capacity is planned at 30 bcm, half of which will be distributed within Turkey, and part of which will cover Greek needs, then the amount that would be generated can be estimated between 24 million dollars and 36 million dollars, annually, or two million to three million dollars per billion cubic meters (bcm).

If the Third Energy Package’s regulations are accepted and the pipeline is constructed, then the project’s consortium will be funded by a toll fee to be determined by the regulatory authority based on the WACC (Weighted Average Cost of Capital) level. A generous yield of between seven and eight percent for a total construction cost of two billion euros would result in a maximum amount of 160 million euros, annually, overall.

If, then, the Russian side were to offer, for free, a percentage of between 20 and 30 percent, then the yield for Greece would reach between 32 million and 46 million euros per year, minus operational and depreciation costs, meaning that, in essence, the prospective net amount is significantly less than various figures currently being tossed about.