A government effort to rescue offshore Prinos, Greece’s only producing field, in the north, is now in the hands of the finance ministry following preceding work at the energy ministry, sources have informed.
The field, like the wider upstream industry, has been impacted by the pandemic and plunge in oil prices.
Deputy finance minister Theodoros Skylakakis is now handling the Prinos rescue case following the transfer of a related file from the energy ministry.
According to the sources, three scenarios are being considered. A financing plan through a loan with Greek State guarantees appears to be the top priority. A second option entails the utilization of an alternate form of state aid. The other consideration involves the Greek State’s equity participation in the Prinos field’s license holder, Energean Oil & Gas.
The European Commission will need to offer its approval to any of these options as they all represent forms of state aid.
Energy ministry sources have avoided offering details but are confident a solution is in the making.