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Parliamentary questions
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3 July 2018
Question for written answer E-003667-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Nikolaos Chountis (GUE/NGL)

 Subject:  Preferential treatment of private producers of electricity to the detriment of the PPC
 Answer in writing 

Law 4533/2018(1), which established the obligation to grant access to 40% of the exploitable lignite reserves owned by the PPC to its competitors, reads as follows (Article 3(10)):

‘From the effective date … of installed capacity thereof’.

Given that:

In accordance with the Ten-Year Network Development Plan of the Independent Power Transmission Operator (ADMIE) for 2018-2027(2), the completion of the project to extend the 400 kV Hellenic Electricity Transmission System (ESMIE)(3) to the Peloponnese is not expected before the second half of 2019.

Although the installed capacity of the PPC’s Megalopoli 5 natural gas-fired combined-cycle power station is 811 MW, the aforementioned provision will limit it to 500 MW(4).

The Megalopolis 3 and Megalopolis 4 lignite power stations, with a net power of 255 MW and 256 MW respectively, which have been conceded to private producers, are guaranteed a priori entry into the System.

The Commission is asked:

As the delay in the extension of the 400 kV network to the Peloponnese requires limiting the generating capacity of the power stations, why is this limitation only applied to PPC’s Power Station 5 and not to the other electricity producers of the Peloponnese? Does this not constitute preferential treatment of private electricity producers to the detriment of the PPC?

Why, when the generation of electricity from lignite is restricted in the EU, are third parties encouraged to take over the PPC’s lignite power stations, while the generating capacity of a power station fuelled by natural gas is restricted?

(1)Law 4533/2018 (Government Gazette Series I, No 75, 27 April 2018) ‘Structural measures for access to lignite and the further opening of the wholesale electricity market and other provisions’
(2)Ten-Year Network Development Plan http://www.admie.gr/en/transmission-system/system-development/ten-year-network-development-plan-tyndp/
(3)Hellenic Electricity Transmission System
(4)Commission decision of 17 April 2018, C(2018) 2104 final.

Original language of question: EL 
Last updated: 17 July 2018Legal notice