EU keeps EastMed gas pipeline dream alive

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The European Commission has maintained a proposed pipeline connecting the gas reserves in the Eastern Mediterranean to Greece via Cyprus and Crete on its new list of Projects of Common Interest (PCI) published.

Projects included in the PCI list have access to a fast-track permitting process and special funding.

Energy group Edison and Greece’s DEPA International Projects are the sponsors of the project through their joint venture IGI Poseidon.

The joint venture still has to make a final investment decision (FID) on the pipeline, which would connect several gas fields in the Eastern Mediterranean, including some in offshore Israel, to Greece.

The conflict in the Middle East has been a factor in delaying the decision, which was originally expected by the end of this year.

In a separate document published on Tuesday, Italy’s energy authority ARERA and its fellow authorities in Greece and Cyprus said the costs of building the EastMed pipeline could not be included in the national tariffs of the three countries.

The authorities also ruled out that the gas grid operators of Italy, Greece and Cyprus would have to pay compensation for the construction of the infrastructure.