Crete gas discovery will prompt ‘need for LNG facility on island’

The potential discovery of natural gas deposits west and southwest of Crete will prompt the need for infrastructure development on the island, including an LNG facility, Yiannis Basias, chairman of EDEY, the Greek Hydrocarbon Management Company, has told local newspaper Haniotika Nea in arguably his most forthright comments to date on the island’s energy prospects and subsequent actions.

Besides an LNG facility, the discovery of natural gas deposits in the region would also require pipeline development for natural gas transmission to platforms or the shore and subsequent transportation, Basias told the Cretan newspaper.

The official noted he is confident drilling expeditions planned for the region will produce favorable results. “Natural gas will be discovered west and southwest of Crete as the geological characteristics here converge with those of Egypt, Cyprus and Israel,” he pointed out.