Greece’s privatization fund TAIPED will finalize its list of second-round qualifiers in a tender offering development and operation of an underground gas storage facility (UGS) in the almost depleted natural gas field of “South Kavala” in northern Greece by late January or early February, sources have informed.
Three parties submitted first-round expressions of interest: China Machinery Engineering Co. Ltd. (CMEC) – Maison Group; DESFA – GEK Terna; and Energean Oil & Gas (in alphabetical order).
Assessments of their supporting documents and other criteria are expected to be completed within the next twenty days.
RAE, the Regulatory Authority for Energy, still needs to deliver decisions concerning the operating framework of the UGS.
These pending issues include a RAE decision on the percentage of the UGS project’s capacity to be regulated, thus pre-determining this proportion’s revenue, and the earnings percentage to be determined by market forces.
The authority also needs to decide on the duration of the regulatory period and its WACC level.