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11.05.2012 11:34
Balkans to Become Nuclear-Free Zone, Renewables with Greater Importance
Dimitrios Kardomateas from Greek state-run gas company DESFA stated that natural gas and renewable is a viable solution for the region and renewable energy will play an increasingly important role in the energy mix

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As renewables start to prevail more and more, we will need more reliable balancing power and most likely this would be natural gas, said Dimitrios Kardomateas from Greek state-run gas company DESFA, at the May 11 Gas and Power Business Forum in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Certainly natural gas, with all the big gas pipeline projects and interconnectors planned, will help reduce the use of nuclear power, as nuclear facilities are ageing and facing austere security requirements and stress-tests. Eventually the Balkans will become a nuclear-free zone. I believe natural gas and renewable is a viable solution for the region and renewable energy will play an increasingly important role in the energy mix, Mr. Kardomateas stated.
On related matters of the current development of regional gas pipe lines and infrastructure, Dr. Katerina Sardi, from Greek regulator RAE, cooperation with Italian and Albanian regulators on the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP). Moreover, the planned new LNG terminal at the Revithoussa site would allow storage of more gas, therefore more security and alignment with the new interconnector being constructed with Bulgaria. Regulations on Revithoussa have been running for 2 years now, Dr. Sardi added.
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TAGS: Greece | renewables | DESFA | natural gas | business forum | Sofia 

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