RAE, the Regulatory Authority for Energy, has approved five-year development programs submitted by Greece’s three gas distribution operators, EDA Attiki, EDA Thess and DEDA, covering Athens, Thessaloniki-Thessaly and the rest of Greece, respectively, energypress sources have informed.
RAE is expected to soon publish these development programs, the sources noted.
The three operators have already submitted their ensuing five-year development plans, covering 2023 to 2027, to the authority, expected to offer its approval within the next two to three months, after two pending issues are settled.
Italgas, the new owner of the EDA companies, has set ambitious objectives to expand Greece’s existing gas distribution network in order to facilitate further market penetration of gas around the country.
Italgas aims to increase total gas connections in Greece to a level of one million by 2028, from roughly 600,000 at present.
However, RAE has maintained a cautious stance as it wants to ensure these investments do not end up becoming an excessive burden for consumers.