Gas distributor DEDA, covering all areas around Greece except for wider Athens, Thessaloniki and Thessaly, wants gas grid operator DESFA to complete key grid projects six months sooner so that the distributor may proceed with tenders for distribution network expansion projects.
DESFA needs to construct metering/regulating stations in Livadia, central Greece, as well as the Kastoria and Kozani regions in northern Greece.
DEDA called for a swifter delivery of these stations in public consultation staged for DESFA’s ten-year development plan covering 2021 to 2030.
DESFA plans to complete work on the Livadia metering/regulating station in March, 2022. However, DEDA has requested the station’s completion six months earlier, explaining it will not be able to distribute to consumers in the area until the station’s construction has been completed.
DEDA also called for the Kastoria and Kozani stations to be complete six months earlier, citing the same reasons.
In addition, DEDA requested the development of a natural gas compressor station close to the areas of Karpenisi, central Greece, and Amfissa, slightly southeast, to facilitate CNG supply to these regions.
Electricity grid deficiencies exposed by cold weather around Greece in recent days have prompted the energy ministry to call for an adjustment of a distribution network operator DEDDIE/HEDNO investment plan being prepared by the operator’s new administration.
Ageing infrastructure accentuated by a lack of investments needed for upgrades required a major mobilization effort for approximately 3,000 low-voltage network repairs.
Over 200 teams of technical experts backed by 30 associated companies with crews totaling some 1,000 persons needed to be deployed to combat the network’s problems.
Energy minister Costis Hatzidakis was obliged to offer his gratitude in a public statement but the urgent need for a network upgrade remains.
The ministry now wants increased investments for the network’s maintenance. The prospective arrival of a strategic partner at DEDDIE/HEDNO, a power utility PPC subsidiary headed for a privatization procedure offering a 49 percent stake, will be crucial in the effort to upgrade the network.
However, the financial support of a new strategic partner is not expected to come through until 2021 or 2022, even if the distribution network operator’s privatization is completed by mid-2020.
Over the past five years, distribution network investments made by the operator have fallen by approximately 40 percent, shrinking to 155.5 million euros in 2018 from 257 million euros in 2014.
The swift restoration of electricity supply at fire-ravaged coastal resort Mati, northeast of Athens, following last month’s deadly wildfire, is an example of the customer-oriented approach adopted by DEDDIE/HEDNO, the Hellenic Electricity Distribution Network Operator, as part of its transformation, the operator has announced.
DEDDIE restored electricity supply at 80 percent of damaged properties within the first week of its effort and completed its restoration mission in a short time period that followed.
To bolster its customer services to affected populations in Mati and the nearby Neos Voutzas and Rafina areas, DEDDIE set up a special mobile office booth that operated seven days a week. Services were also offered by the operator to beleaguered households via a hotline.
Free electricity system inspections at properties were offered as part of the power supply restoration effort. Property owners were free to choose licensed electricians of their choice or pick from a list of professionals catalogued by DEDDIE in association with POSEI, Greece’s electrical contractors federation.