Motor Oil’s LPG power plant plan for Crete raises local objections

Motor Oil is preparing to develop a 120-MW LPG-fueled combined cycle power power plant on Crete but will need to overcome local resistance, early developments have already indicated.

The company has applied to RAE, Greece’s regulatory authority for energy authority, for an electricity production license for a combined cycle power power plant in the Hania prefecture’s Souda area, seen as a major prospective investment for Greece’s electricity generation sector.

The region’s Pera Platani area has been classified as an industrial zone in Crete’s new regional spatial plan, already revised and endorsed by authorities.

However, local community and authority objections have already been raised. The Hania municipal council yesterday voted unanimously against the project, noting its choice of location is part of a residential area. The island’s Korakia, Atherinolakkos and Xylokamara areas have been classified as the island’s energy hubs, the local council noted in its decision.

All parties with objections to Motor Oil’s choice of location for the investment plan have until March 23 to inform RAE.