RAEEY approves development plans of 4 gas distributors

RAAEY, the Regulatory Authority for Waste, Energy and Water, has approved five-year development plans, covering 2023 to 2027, by the country’s four natural gas distribution companies. They are comprised of investments worth a total of 840 million euros for new networks covering 3,500 kilometers of low and medium-pressure infrastructure.

The authority’s approval of the plans presented by the four gas distributors paves the way for their development. The network expansions, the distributors anticipate, will result in 370,000 new customer connections by the end of 2027.

Of the 840 million-euro total, 788 million euros concerns projects planned by DEPA Infrastructure’s three subsidiaries, the gas distributors EDA Attiki, EDA Thessaloniki-Thessaly and DEDA, all now controlled by Italy’s Italgas. Furthermore, Hengas has prepared a five-year, 50 million-euro investment plan for distribution network development.

EDA Attiki, covering the wider Athens area, plans to invest 159.9 million euros to add 484 kilometers to its distribution network. The distributor is active in 52 municipalities. It possessed a low and medium-pressure network totaling 3,981 kilometers at the end of 2022.

EDA Attiki expects to reach an additional 92,400 customers by the end of 2027 as a result if this network expansion.

EDA Thessaloniki-Thessaly plans investments worth 136.6 million euros for a 400-km network expansion and a rise in customers to 375,000 from 275,172 over the five-year period for the Thessaloniki area.

As for the Thessaly region, the distributor plans investments worth 113.9 million euros for a 400-km network expansion.

DEDA, the DEPA Infrastructure subsidiary covering other parts of Greece – eastern Macedonia-Thrace, central and western Macedonia, Epirus, western Greece and the Peloponnese, plans to invest 378.2 million euros for over 1,826 kilometers in low and medium-pressure networks.

Hengas plans to invest 50.6 million euros between 2023 and 2027 for the construction of a network covering 390 kilometers in central and western Macedonia as well as the Peloponnese.


Gas conversion cost support key to further penetration of energy source

The government plans to soon launch a subsidy program offering households incentive to connect with natural gas networks, though coverage of conversion costs, Adonis Georgiadis, the minister for development and investment, has told an event staged by gas distributor Hengas in Kalamata.

The subsidy program will encourage a greater number of consumers, especially households, to make the switch to natural gas, Hengas officials pointed out to energypress.

According to Hengas’ business plan, entailing the development of natural gas networks and stations to cover 11 provincial cities around Greece, the Peloponnese cities of Kalamata and Sparta will be supplied compressed natural gas (CNG) by the first quarter of 2023.

Megalopoli, Tripoli and Corinth have been connected to the gas network ahead of schedule, Hengas has reported.

Hengas’ development plan, budgeted at 65 million euros and approved by RAE, the Regulator Authority for Energy, entails the development of natural gas networks and stations covering a total of 11 provincial cities – Tripoli, Corinth, Megalopoli, Edessa, Polykastro, Polygyros, Deskati, Naousa, Skydra, Kalamata and Sparti – either through direct connections with the country’s gas grid or CNG and LNG transportation.

DEDA, Hengas vying for Peloponnese network projects

A decision by RAE, the Regulatory Authority for Energy, to approve gas distributor DEDA’s development plan covering 2021 to 2025 further complicates matters for gas network development projects in four provincial cities of the Peloponnese as two companies are now vying for the same projects.

Hengas, a successor to the firm Edil seeking to develop and operate the gas networks of the same four cities, Argos, Nafplio, Sparti and Kalamata, has applied for a gas distribution license covering these locations.

RAE, which reached its decision to approve gas distributor DEDA’s development plan covering 2021 to 2025 on December 17, published the decision yesterday, noting requirements have been met for a re-inclusion of the four cities in DEDA’s development plan. This re-inclusion could restore DEDA’s rights for the four cities, according to the authority.

The authority had removed the entire Peloponnese region from DEDA’s five-year development plan a year earlier as related time limits were exceeded.

Following this removal, RAE approved distribution license applications submitted by Hengas for two other cities of the Peloponnese, Korinthos and Tripoli, both previously represented by DEDA.

RAE must now decide on how it will grant gas distribution licenses for the four cities in question.

DEDA appeals Peloponnese gas network plan exclusion

Gas distributor DEDA’s effort for a reversal of decision removing the Peloponnese from the company’s gas network development plan has been rejected by RAE, the Regulatory Authority for Energy.

In response, DEDA, a subsidiary of gas utility DEPA distributing to areas in Greece not covered by the group’s other distributors, has already taken its case to an appeals court.

RAE has granted gas distribution licenses for three Peloponnesian cities, Tripoli, Korinthos and Megalopoli, to Hengas, a successor of the firm Edil.

The Peloponnese was excluded by RAE from DEDA’s five-year network development plan covering 2020 to 2024 as time limits were exceeded, according to the authority.

RAE, however, has approved DEDA’s five-year development plan for 2021 to 2025, outlining the distributor’s development plan for natural gas networks in 34 provincial cities around Greece, Europe’s biggest gas network plan at present.

Networks representing a total length of 1,860 km and budgeted at 270 million euros are planned to be developed by DEDA, prospectively offering over 68,000 connections for consumers in the household, business and industrial sectors.