Alexandroupoli, Greece (PortSEurope) January 16, 2018 – The Greek port of Alexandroupoli is gearing up for becoming energy and commercial hub.
The port is on the list of state assets to be privatised and international companies have been attracted to the port, including German logistics group Kuehne+Nagel and China’s COSCO Shipping. Companies at the port have also been carrying out work for the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) project, a pipeline which is being laid from the Greek-Turkish border across northern Greece to Albania, and then on to southern Italy.
Other companies are also active.
The Greek Company Gastrade S.A. is developing offshore from the town of Alexandroupolis a floating LNG receiving, storage and regasification unit (FSRU) which will create a new natural gas gateway to the markets of southeastern and central Europe.
U.S. firm Tellurian Energy is considering venturing into Alexandroupoli FSRU, seeking to use the port facilities as its base for injecting gas into the Balkans. Its prospective involvement gives grounds for the revitalised U.S. interest in the region as manifested by the U.S. Ambassador to Greece Pyatt in November, who expressed the U.S. interest in using the town as a site for commercial and military purposes through deployment of a helicopter base.
A possible setup of a military base in Thrace manifests the U.S. interest to shield energy transportation from the U.S. and allied energy sources (eg, TAP and LNG) to Europe; renders Greece an ally in U.S. energy designs for gas transportation; Greece comes under the U.S. auspices in seeking to evolve into an energy hub.
Source: Nea Selida
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