A consortium comprising of China Petroleum Pipeline Engineering Co Ltd, Aktor S.A. and Metron S.A., Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding Co. Ltd and Wilhelmsen Ship Management Limited, was announced as the preferred bidder for a contract, which sees the construction of an LNG terminal, near Vassiliko Port in Cyprus.
The consortium will now be invited in Cyprus, in order to finalize the process and sign the contracts with ETYFA (Natural Gas Infrastructure Company).
The LNG terminal will consist of a floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU), a jetty for mooring the FSRU, a jetty borne gas pipeline and related infrastructure.
The project will be completed in 2021, while it has already secured part of the required funding of the CAPEX, as a grant from the EU under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) financial instrument.
It will be located in Vassiliko Port, Cyprus.
Commenting on the development, Dr. Symeon Kassianides, Chairman of DEFA, said that this result is considered a milestone for the realisation of a long-term project that is directly linked to Cyprus’s energy upgrade and energy pluralism.
For starters, regarding power generation and then for other uses, DEFA has initiated the work for the construction and development of the Transmission and Distribution Natural Gas Pipeline Network, which is necessary for this target.
The network will include three pipelines, which will supply three power plants of the Electricity Authority of Cyprus (EAC) in Vasilikos, Dhekelia and Moni.
It will also facilitate the development of future network, while it is expected to have an overall length of about 80km.
The initial cost estimate for this phase of the project is believed to be at about €60 million, with the project having already secured €10m funds from the EU.