30.09.2021

Working meeting between IPTO and the Region of Crete for Crete-Attica Interconnection

Close cooperation between IPTO and the Region of Crete for the timely completion of the project

The Management of the Independent Power Transmission Operator and the Region of Crete held a working meeting on Tuesday, September 28th, in Heraklion, regarding the implementation of the Crete-Attica electricity interconnection.

The Regional Governor Mr. Stavros Arnaoutakis and the Deputy Regional Minister of Environment Mr. Nikolaos Xylouris welcomed in the Region headquarters the Chairman and CEO Mr. Manos Manousakis, the Deputy Chairman Mr. Ioannis Margaris, the Chief Officer of IPTO’ s General Division of Operation, Infrastructure and Market Mr. Dimitrios Michos and the Project Manager of the Operator’s subsidiary, Ariadne Interconnection, Mr. Angelos Stamatelos.

During the meeting, the Management of IPTO informed the Regional Authority in detail about the construction progress of Crete-Attica interconnection. Furthermore, necessary interventions were identified in order to accelerate licensing procedures, for which the Region of Crete expressed its intention to actively assist the Operator, in the context of the long-term cooperation between the two parties for the project’s timely completion.

Finally, the Regional Governor and the Deputy Regional Minister made special mention of Crete-Peloponnese electrical interconnection and the significant benefits it has offered to the local community in its three months of operation, especially in the midst of extreme heatwave conditions recorded this summer.

The Chairman and CEO of IPTO, Mr. Manos Manousakis, stated in this regard: "Today's meeting confirmed once again the excellent cooperation of the Operator with the Region of Crete regarding the major electrical interconnection projects with Peloponnese and Attica. We thank the Regional Authority that has been standing by our side since the start of our projects on the island that put a definite end to the energy isolation of Crete. With the operation of Crete-Peloponnese interconnection, the island is by now safer amid conditions of high demand as well as natural disasters, as demonstrated by the recent earthquake that struck Crete. In this crisis, IPTO is once again supporting the society. For this reason, we conveyed to the Regional Governor that we are ready to assist our fellow citizens affected by the earthquake by any means deemed necessary".

The Governor of Crete, Mr. Stavros Arnaoutakis, stated: "We were informed today by IPTO Management about the implementation of Crete-Attica electrical interconnection. With the good cooperation of all stakeholders, we hope to meet the schedules in such a large development project for our region. As the Regional Authority, from our side, we will contribute to the best of our ability to the resolution of any issues that may arise. I would also like to express my gratitude to the Management of IPTO for the operation of the "small" Crete-Peloponnese interconnection as it has contributed decisively to the stable electricity supply of the island this summer".