Livorno, Italy (PortSEurope) March 14, 2019 – Pietro Verna, the new extraordinary commissioner of Autorita’ di Sistema Portuale del Mar Tirreno Settentrionale (AdSP – North Tyrrhenian Sea Port Authority), has hosted a delegation from the Port of Authority of Alexandroupolis, led by President Christos Doukas.
The meeting organized by Gabriele Gargiulo, head of the promotion and communication department of the Institution, and Greek honorary consul in Livorno, Elena Konstantos, and is part of a series of initiatives that the AdSP is developing to expand its international reference markets.
Christos Doukas is keen to promote the Greek port and Alexandroupolis is topical for several reasons at this time.
Firstly, the Greek utility Gastrade SA is operating the Alexandroupolis Independent Natural Gas System (INGS) project, a modern, cutting edge technology project which comprises an offshore floating unit for the reception, storage and regasification of LNG.
Secondly, Greece is attempting to develop itself as a regional energy hub, taking advantage of a number of regional initiatives including the aforementioned Alexandroupolis gas project; the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) which will deliver Azeri gas to southern Italy via Greece and Albania; and the proposed Eastmed pipeline which would deliver Israeli gas to Europe.
The U.S. government is supportive of these projects, which is sees a way to challenge planned increases in Russian gas supply to Europe. Last October, U.S. Ambassador to Greece Geoffrey Pyatt held a series of meetings with representatives of local government and local entities in Alexandroupolis.
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