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Greece receives six expressions of interest for gas grid operator DESFA


Greece received six expressions of interest for the sale of a 66 percent stake in state natural gas grid operator DESFA, the countrys privatization agency (HRADF) said in a press release on Monday.

The investor groups that responded to the tender are:

-Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets Ltd

-A consortium of Italys Snam, Spains Enagas Internacional, Belgiums Fluxys and Dutch-based Gasunie (the first three

first companies are also shareholders in TAP)

-A consortium of Romanian state-owned Transgaz with Frances GRTgaz

-Spains Regasificadora del Noroeste

-The USs Integrated Utility Services (INTUS)

-Qatars Powerglobe LLC

HRADFs advisors will evaluate the above proposals and submit to the agencys board their recommendation regarding the candidates that qualify for the next phase of the tender.

Commenting on the development, Environment and Energy ministry sources said the fact that among the interested investors are some of Europes biggest natural gas operators is "a vote of confidence for the next day of the Greek economy".

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