Privatization of gas utility DEPA back on the table
The transformation of Public Gas Corporation (DEPA) is back on the table ahead of crucial decisions for the privatization of the utility that is 65 percent owned by the state privatizations fund (TAIPED) and 35 percent owned by Hellenic Petroleum (HELPE).
The government's intention to start the sell-off procedure immediately has been repeatedly expressed by Energy Minister Kostis Hatzidakis, and it is a view that HELPE shares too. The two sides also agree not only on conceding the gas company's commercial activities, but also its networks and infrastructure, in which the government will seek the sale of a majority stake.
In contrast to the previous government, which insisted on the state holding onto ownership of the infrastructure and networks, the new administration believes there is no reason for that once the national gas grid has been passed on to private...