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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-05-28

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  • [01] Natgas to one million Greeks

  • [01] Natgas to one million Greeks

    The government's goal is that another 85,000 Greek households will have access to the natural gas network by the end of the year, rising to 250,000 households and roughly one million citizens by the end of 2010, Development Minister Kostis Hatzidakis said on Thursday.

    He was speaking during the inauguration ceremony for a new power station at the Liquified Natural Gas Terminal run by the Hellenic Gas Transmission System Operator (DESFA) on the islet of Revythousa in Pachi bay, off the coast of Megara.

    Hatzidakis stressed that the natural gas network will be extended to the Peloponnese as far as Megalopolis, in order to supply the new power stations built there by the Public Power Corporation (PPC), and from there to Kalamata and intervening cities. The government was also examining the possibility of bringing natural gas to Crete, again to supply power stations in Iraklio and Hania, he said.

    The minister also pointed to the start of work on constructing a compressor station at Nea Mesimvria in Thessaloniki, which will increase the network's transmission capacity, and plans for new gas companies to supply Eastern Macedonia-Thrace, Central Macedonia and Central Greece.

    Commenting on a recent resurgence of tension between Russia and the Ukraine over natural gas in the last few days, the minister admitted that there was an "unstable environment" and that the facilities at Revythousa were the system's major reserve, as was proved in the crisis that occurred during the last winter.

    "We met the country's needs and also covered Bulgaria," he pointed out, adding that talks were underway with Bulgaria to hasten funding for a new pipeline from Komotini to the Bulgarian city of Haskovo.

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