The investment program of the Public Enterprise of Gas Distribution Networks enters the implementation trajectory (HEDNO), height 270 million. euros for the next five years, after the approval of the Development Program 2020-2024 by the Energy Regulatory Authority.
The design of the company was presented to the political leadership of RIS in a meeting with the participation of the Minister of Environment and Energy, Kosti Hatzidaki, of the Deputy Minister Gerasimos Thomas, of the CEO of DEDA Mr.. Marios Tsakas and the president of DEPA Infrastructure (parent company of DEDA), K. Thanks Kyriazi.
More specifically, the DEDA Development Program provides:
1. The development of gas distribution networks initially in the following 34 cities of the Greek region:
Ρού Alexandroupoli, Komotini, Drama, Blonde, Orestiada and Kavala of the Region of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace
Katerini, Kilkis, Serres, Veria, Giannitsa and Alexandria of the Region of Central Macedonia
Lamia, Chalkida, Thebes, Livadia, Amfissa, Karpenisi, Inofyta of the Region of Central Greece
Kastoria, Grevena, Argos Orestikou, Maniakoi, Defensive, Florina, Ptolemaida and Kozani of the Region of Western Macedonia
Patras, Agrinio, Tower of the Region of Western Greece
Ioannina, Arta, Preveza, Igoumenitsa of the Region of Epirus
It is a matter of days before the tenders for the implementation of the first projects go on the air, as the consultation process on the tender documents in the Regions of Eastern Macedonia has already been completed & Thrace, Central Macedonia and Central Greece. It is noted that DEDA submitted a review request for the cities of Peloponnese.
2. The construction as a whole 1.830 kilometers of gas distribution network
3. At least 57.000 consumer connections of all categories (household, commercial, industrial).
DEDA's plan for the development of gas distribution networks in the Greek region extends to 2036, predicting more than 170.000 consumer connections and investments over 470 million. euro.
The company's networks are designed utilizing the possibilities of alternative supply in order for the natural gas to reach as many areas of the country as possible with safety and reliability.. The development of the networks will be launched in the safest possible way and in the strictest specifications, so that the distribution networks in the cities are completely secure, without any risk (zero accident principle) and without emissions.
In fact, the company is a pioneer, developing, for the first time in Greece natural gas infrastructure through small-scale liquefied natural gas projects (Small Scale LNG) in collaboration with DESFA and the competent bodies. In that way, will be able to supply the cities of Epirus and Western Greece earlier than the arrival time of natural gas by pipeline.
At the same time, DEDA invests in innovative technologies to ensure the highest possible level of transparency, reliability and customer service. It is the only gas distribution manager in Greece that installs exclusively "smart" meters to all consumers who are powered by their networks. With these meters, consumers have the ability to control at any time and accurately, via electronic display on the meter, real-time gas consumption.
The Minister of Environment and Energy Mr.. Kostis Hatzidakis stated about it: "Gas is expanding rapidly and dynamically. The DEDA network will be expanded to 34 cities of Greece within five years, aiming to cover in the first phase 57.000 consumers. We are talking about projects that change the daily life of the areas in which they develop and bring significant benefits to citizens., businesses, the environment but also the economy ".
The Deputy Minister of Environment and Energy, Mr.. Gerasimos Thomas underlined: "We hope that the auctions of the projects will start in the summer and that there will be installed contractors to start the projects from the beginning of next year.. This is very important for DEDA and Greek consumers, but also for the parent company DEPA Infrastructure which as it is known is in the phase of privatization. The design put forward by DEDA is of great value, as all business plans of gas companies are binding for five years, whoever owns these companies ".
The CEO of DEDA Mr.. Marios Tsakas noted: "The DEDA Development Plan is quite bold and unprecedented if one considers the density with which the network develops, in just a few years, to give citizens access to natural gas 34 of cities throughout Greece. However, we believe that with the effort of all of us, we will be able to implement this plan and get the gas to as many cities in the Greek region as possible, reducing energy costs for companies and giving cheaper energy to home consumers ".