Requirements for Crete-Attica interconnection rule out Greek firms

Greek companies are de facto excluded from the project for the power interconnection of Crete and Attica, according to the technical standards required by the tenders for the high-voltage direct current (HDVC) converter stations and cables. This is according to draft requirements put up for public consultation by the subsidiary of state grid operator ADMIE, Ariadne Interconnection, which will implement the linkup project.

Although Greece boasts one of the biggest and most dynamic industries in the world in this field, with a successful presence in Europe and experience spanning five decades, the technical requirements Ariadne has put up for public consultation exclude local companies and will create the conditions for their future exclusion from other underwater interconnections in this country.

The tender's rules also restrict competition to just two or three...

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