Gas grid operator DESFA has scrapped plans for a natural gas pipeline that had been envisioned to run across northern Greece, from Komotini in the northeast to Thesprotia in the northwest, after maintaining the project in the company’s business plans for about a decade.
DESFA reached this decision as Russian President Vladimir Putin is supporting Gazprom’s development of a second branch for the wider Turkish Stream gas project, deviating Ukraine, to supply the Balkans and central Europe via Bulgaria, not Greece, as was initially considered.
A first Turkish Stream branch supplying Russian gas to Turkey is already operating.
“The project remained on the business plan for approximately ten years without progressing to the construction stage, while there is no sign of conditions leading to its construction in the immediate future,” DESFA announced.
The Komotini-Thesprotia pipeline project was budgeted at 1.8 billion euros.
The total cost of projects included in DEFSA’s development plan for 2021-2030 is now budgeted at 545.5 million euros.