Paros, Santorini diesel-run units in back-up roles after grid links

Power grid operator IPTO has determined that only two local diesel-fueled power stations, on Paros and Santorini, each offering a 50-MW capacity, will need to be maintained as back-up once ongoing grid interconnection projects have been completed, according to its 10-year development plan (2022-2031) for Greece’s electricity transmission system.

Authorities are planning to gradually withdraw the majority of Greece’s local diesel-fueled power stations operating on the Cyclades islands at a rate that will depend on the time it will take power grid operator IPTO to complete ongoing grid interconnection projects.

The operator, according to the ten-year plan, proposes that the power station on Syros, pivotally located in the Aegean Sea, be maintained until 2024, when the fourth phase of the Cyclades grid interconnection is scheduled to be completed.

Earlier withdrawals, once grid interconnections have been delivered, have also been proposed for local diesel-fueled power stations operating on Andros, Mykonos, Milos, Serifos, Sifnos, Kithnos, Anafi, Astypalea, Donousa and Amorgos.