The Greek Alexandroupolis Plant successfully concludes the offloading of its first LNG vessel.

Innovation Infrastructure
15 March 2024


  • The Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU) in Greece marked its initial operation ahead of the infrastructure's final commissioning. Enagás has a stake in the plant through its involvement with DESFA, the Greek gas system operator.

DESFA's recent accomplishment, executed via its affiliate Gastrade—which is overseeing the development of the Alexandroupolis facility—was conducting the inaugural offloading of liquefied natural gas (LNG) at the Alexandroupolis FSRU. This terminal was constructed to bolster the security of the energy supply in Greece and the Balkans, and it supports the country's environmental goals.

Enagás has had a presence in Greece since 2018, when it joined the shareholders of DESFA, the Greek gas system operator. The consortium comprising Snam (54%), Enagás (18%), Fluxys (18%), and Damco (10%) owns a 66% stake.

This latest success by the Greek operator strengthens Europe's supply security, aligning with one of Enagás' key priorities, and is central to the company's international strategy, which is advanced through its numerous projects and investments.

This milestone is pivotal in Greece's evolution into a prominent energy hub in Southern Europe.

DEPA, the Greek gas company also holding a stake in Gastrade, supplied the initial offloading, a critical step in the pre-operational commissioning leading up to the start of commercial activities.

The Alexandroupolis FSRU boasts a total storage volume of 153,500 cubic meters across four tanks and will be linked to Greece's National Natural Gas System via a 28-kilometre pipeline, comprising 24 kilometres underwater and 4 kilometres overland. In addition, the initiative will aid in regional energy integration and decarbonisation, in concert with other key natural gas endeavours in the region, such as the Greece-Bulgaria Interconnector, the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP), and the Greece-North Macedonia Interconnector.

The integration of the FSRU into the Greek national gas transport system was finalised on February 29th. With its commissioning anticipated in the next months, Greece will establish a second LNG entry point, enhancing the diversity of gas supply sources and providers, thereby broadening the range of gas origins.


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