Greece: EUR 330 million EIB backing to PPC to upgrade electricity distribution, roll-out smart meters and increase renewable energy

(Source: European Investment Bank)

  • PPC CEO and EIB President agree new financing essential to harness green power
  • New investment by PPC distribution subsidiary HEDNO to upgrade 14,200 km of network
  • New programme to deploy smart meters and improve power network efficiency

New investment to upgrade thousands of kilometres of power distribution lines and increase use of smart meters essential for future expansion of renewable energy use in Greece will be supported by EUR 330 million of new financing from the European Investment Bank outlined at a formal announcement in Athens earlier today.

EIB President Werner Hoyer and Chairman and CEO of PPC Georgios Stassis signed the second EUR 100 million financing contract, under the EUR 330 million 20 year loan, that will back investment modernise and reinforce the Greek electricity distribution network across the mainland and islands.

“Today’s agreement is a significant step forward towards energy and digital transformation of PPC Group. The closing of lignite plants, part of Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’s flagship initiative, has already launched the next era for the company, laying the foundations for its viability and future dynamic growth. With the financing brought by the new contract with the EIB, a decisive step is taken for the modernization of the HEDNO network and the further penetration of RES in energy production. We want to accelerate the green transition of PPC to be a key player in the development of the country in the coming years ” said Kostas Skrekas, Minister of Environment and Energy.

“Strategic long-term financing can modernise the electricity distribution network, benefit consumers, improve security of supply, and protect the environment. The new EUR 330 million EIB loan will enable HEDNO and PPC to contribute to Greece’s smart and green energy transition through the greater use of renewables and increase power efficiency make through the deployment of smart meters”. said Georgios Stassis, Chairman and CEO of PPC S.A.

“The EIB is a key partner for energy investment in Greece and the new EIB financing signed today demonstrates our shared vision to upgrade electricity distribution to build a smarter national grid and combat climate change by increased use of renewable energy. This will allow PPC Group and HEDNO to further improve services provided to customers across Greece.” said Anastasios Manos CEO of HEDNO.

“Scaling up energy investment is crucial to improve network reliability, harness Greece’s solar and wind energy potential and contribute to Europe’s energy transition. The European Investment Bank is strengthening support for high-impact energy investment in Greece. We are pleased to agree our latest financing with PPC that will enhance capacity of the Greek power distribution network operated by HEDNO, expand use of smart meters essential for more efficient power generation and allow increased use of renewable energy in the years ahead. This builds on longstanding partnership with PPC and the EIB’s strong track financing energy investment renewable energy, energy efficiency, interconnectors to islands and electricity distribution  across Greece.” said Werner Hoyer, President of the European Investment Bank.

“The European Investment Bank’s EUR 330 million financing for PPC confirmed today demonstrates our partnership to upgrade and expand 14,200km of  the national electricity distribution network and increase use of renewable energy in the years ahead. This builds on the EIB’s longstanding partnership with PPC and our strong track financing investment in renewable energy, energy efficiency, interconnectors to islands and electricity distribution  across Greece.” said Christian Kettel Thomsen, European Investment Bank Vice President responsible for Greece.

Improving network reliability and electricity distribution across Greece

The new EIB financing will back construction of 6,600 km of new power lines and upgrade 7,600km of the existing distribution network across both the Greek mainland and islands, as well as deployment of advanced smart meters to enable better management of power supply.

This will improve overall network efficiency, increase reliability and cater for future demand.

Harnessing Greece’s renewable energy potential

The new network investment will also allow future expansion of wind and solar power generation to be connected to the national electricity network

Building on EIB’s 57 year support for energy investment across Greece PPC

The European Investment Bank has financed long-term investment by PPC since 1964.

Over the last decade the European investment bank has provided more than €4.3 billion for energy investment in Greece with PPC and private Greek energy partners, including improving connections to Greek islands and harnessing renewable energy, and accelerating energy efficiency investment.

Supporting priority energy investment key focus of high-level EIB Group visit

The new agreement was signed during a three-day working visit to Greece by Werner Hoyer, President of the European Investment Bank, Christian Kettel Thomsen EIB Vice President responsible for Greece and Alain Godard, Chief Executive of the European Investment Fund.

The European Investment Bank is owned directly by the 27 EU member states and last year the EIB Group 2.8 billion of new support for high-impact private and public investment across the country, representing the second largest per capita engagement in the European Union.

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