Greece’ PPC shortlists 3 bids for stake in power grid operator ADMIE

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Greece’ PPC shortlists 3 bids for stake in power grid operator ADMIE

Greece's national power utility Public Power Corporation (PPC) has announced it has selected three bidders to take part in a second round for the acquisition of a 24% stake in its subsidiary, the power grid operator ADMIE (Independent Power Transmission Operator S.A.)

The selected bidders are:

  • Réseau de Transport d'Électricité (RTE), the electricity transmission system operator of France.
  • Terna Group, a group of energy companies based in Rome, Italy. Terna Rete Italia is an electricity transmission system operator.
  • State Grid International Development of Hong Kong, a subsidiary of State Grid Corporation of China, the largest electric utility company in the world. It is state-owned and transmits and distributes power in China and in overseas markets.

ADMIE was established in compliance with the requirements of the European Union Directive 2009/72/EC and it owns and operates 11,365 km of high-voltage transmission lines in Greece.

Under the terms of the bailout agreement approved in August 2015, PPC (51% state-owned) must either divest minority interest in ADMIE or fully privatise the transmission network by 2017. PPC also has to reduce its share on the retail market to 50% by 2020.

In October 2015, Greece agreed to start the privatization of 66% of ADMIE or to find alternative options to open up its electricity market and to divest a 17% stake in national power utility PPC.

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