Greek gas system stretched to limits

Energy authorities have been in emergency mode over the last few days to ensure a sufficient supply of electricity and natural gas to Greece, as a prolonged cold spell has shot demand up to record levels and the gas network is operating without reserves, despite the operation of the new depot on Revithoussa island.

The lack of a safety net emerged in a letter sent by the Public Gas Corporation (DEPA) to the Regulatory Authority for Energy on Tuesday, in which the utility's chief executive, Dimitris Tzortzis, admitted that DEPA is unable to set aside any reserves for clients that produce electricity using gas as fuel. He also implied that this situation is due to a lack of planning on behalf of gas grid operator DESFA to commission additional quantities and by delays in the delivery of the third terminal on Revithoussa.

A RAE decision dated December 20 stipulated that...

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