Natural gas transmission in Greece

A consortium consisting of Snam (60%), Enagás (20%) and Fluxys (20%) has acquired a 66% stake in DESFA, the national operator in the Greek natural gas infrastructure sector. DESFA owns and operates, under a regulated regime, a high pressure transport network of about 1,500 km, as well as a regasification terminal at Revithoussa. Greece, an important crossroads for diversification of supplies and the opening of new natural gas routes in Europe, has further development potential as a hub in South-East Europe.

The central pipeline in the network runs more than 500 km across the country, from the Bulgarian border in the northeast to the outskirts of Athens. Nearly 950 km of pipe will be grafted onto this main pipeline in order to supply parts of the country not already covered by it.

The DESFA grid has three entry points. The first is located at the Bulgarian border and is used to import gas, mainly from Russia. The second is located at the Turkish border, where gas from Azerbaijan is imported into the Greek grid. The third is the Revithoussa LNG terminal.

The Revithoussa terminal is located on the small island of the same name in the Gulf of Megara, west of Athens. Three tanks provide a total storage capacity of 225,000 m³ of LNG. The terminal can receive vessels with capacities ranging from 25,000 m³ to 155,000 m³. An upgrade is planned so that the facility can receive the largest vessels currently in use (266,000 m³). The terminal is connected to the mainland via a subsea pipeline. The LNG imported to Revithoussa comes from countries such as Algeria, Egypt, Qatar, Nigeria and Trinidad.

>> To the DESFA website

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