Renewable energy source (RES) producers that have agreed to co-finance an underwater interconnection project to link wind parks in Evia, Greece’s second largest island just northeast of Athens, with the mainland electricity grid, will soon have to provide their share of the cost, as the project is now nearing completion.
These RES companies have been granted licenses to operate wind farms in Evia’s south, regarded as a highly appropriate location for the sector’s development. The objective of this infrastructure project, classified as one of wider significance for the national economy in legislation dating back to 2003, is to support the development of wind-farm facilities in the southern Evia.
Sources noted that a number of RES enterprises have essentially agreed to proceed with their investment plans for the interconnection project, while others are having second thoughts over financing concerns. To date, the companies holding wind-park permits for southern Evia have gone as far as to provide letters of guarantee. They will need to sign agreements and pay respective participation costs, estimated at 150,000 euros per MW, within three months after the project begins operating, which is expected at the end of this year.
Just days ago, IPTO – Greece’s Independent Power Transmission Operator, locally referred to as ADMIE – which has taken on the project’s construction, secured a loan from the European Investment Bank to complete work on it.
A number of major energy sector players that have been granted licenses to develop wind farms in southern Evia, are taking part in the project’s co-financing, including PPC, the Public Power Corporation, Iberdola – Rokas, Terna, Gamesa, Protergia, and Enteka.
The underwater interconnection project will run from Polypotamos, in Evia’s south, to Nea Makri, in the wider Athens area’s northeast.