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Interest from 5 companies for Kalamata-Pylos-Methoni PPP road project

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Five companies have expressed their interest for the new major PPP road project regarding the upgrading of Kalamata-Pylos-Methoni road axis. These are: AVAX, AKTOR CONCESSIONS, INTRAKAT, GEK TERNA and ACCIONNA CONCESIONES-MYILINEOS. Implementing entity is the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport.

The estimated cost of the project is 312.23m euros (incl. VAT, VAT excl.:251.8m euros). The tender will proceed according to the provisions of L.4412/2016. As it is already known, the contract awarding procedure comprises 2 phases:

Phase A: Expression of interest and

Phase B (including 2 stages):

– Competitive dialogue and

– Binding offers

The duration of the PPP contract will be 360 ​​months (i.e. 30 years) while there is no provision for funding from the European Union. The repayment of the project will be made through availability payments or other installments during the operation period.

Under the partnership agreement, the private partner is expected to undertake the following:

a) The preparation of all the studies required for the construction of the projec (on the basis of the studies provided by the contracting authority, the final design of the project, environmental permits, etc.),

b) Execution of the entirety of the required construction works,

c) Financing the project,

d) Maintenance and operation of the road section «Kalamata – Rizomilos – Pylos – Methoni», as provided for in the final design, for the duration of the PPP,

e) Return of the project to the Greek State, at the end of the contract period.

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ENEL inaugurates Kafireas, the largest wind facility of Greece

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Enel, through its Greek renewables subsidiary Enel Green Power Hellas S.A. (“EGPH”), has connected to the grid its new Kafireas wind farm complex, which is the largest of its kind in the country with an overall capacity of more than 154 MW. Located in the municipality of Karystos (Evia), Kafireas involved an overall investment of around 300 million euros. Today’s inauguration ceremony was attended by the Prime Minister of Greece, Mr. Kyriakos Mitsotakis, the Greek Minister of Environment and Energy, Mr. Kostis Hatzidakis, along with Enel Green Power CEO, Mr. Antonio Cammisecra, Enel’s Head of Europe and Euro-Mediterranean Affairs, Mr. Simone Mori, as well as the Head of Enel Green Power Europe, Mr. Aristotelis Chantavas.

Antonio Cammisecra, Enel Green Power CEO, said: “We have reached a significant milestone by connecting to the grid the largest wind project in Greece, one of the first countries where we started our renewable journey more than a decade ago. Kafireas underscores our global commitment to renewable energy and decarbonisation, in line with our pursuit of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, as well as our commitment to a diversified generation mix at country level.

On top of the supply of zero-emission energy nationwide, this project also has a strong local focus, as we are supporting our stakeholders in Evia by backing sustainability initiatives aimed at enhancing the island’s economy, alongside undertaking environmental protection activities.”

 EGPH already operates two wind farms in the municipality of Karystos, the 7.5 MW Iliolousti I and the 9 MW Iliolousti II. EGPH is a leading owner and operator of renewable plants in Greece; with Kafireas, the company will reach over 460 MW of installed capacity from wind (approximately 354 MW), solar (around 90 MW) and hydro (about 20 MW).

The Kafireas facility, which is a cluster of seven wind farms for a total of 67 turbines, will be capable of generating approximately 480 GWh per year, which is set to reduce CO2 emissions into the atmosphere by 315,000 tonnes annually. The facility is supported by a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with the Hellenic Electricity Market Operator (DAPEEP).

The wind project includes the interconnection with mainland Greece through a 150kV high-voltage overhead, underground and submarine cable as well as two new 150 kV high-voltage substations in Evia. The energy from Kafireas will be delivered to the national grid on mainland Greece through the super-high-voltage station located in Pallini, Attica.

The construction of Kafireas has implemented Enel’s “Sustainable Construction Site” model, involving the recycling of 550,000 tonnes of soil and stones excavated during construction to revert an inactive quarry to nature, as well as the reuse of 10 tonnes of construction materials like wooden pallets, in cooperation with the local community, to fix the stables of local shepherds.

In line with the Creating Shared Value (CSV) model adopted by the Enel Group, which aims to combine business development and local community needs, EGPH has carried out sustainability projects in support of local activities such as beekeeping and livestock breeding.

These projects include the creation, throughout the wind parks, of special areas for the optimal positioning of beehives and ramps to facilitate the movement of sheep and goats. Other initiatives being carried out include the reforestation of around 100 hectares, including the wild chestnut forest of Kastanologgos of 64 hectares, with the aim to recreate and protect the wider ecosystem, support forestry activities, as well as promoting sustainable tourism.

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Hybrid tolling system in Olympia Motorway to operate in 2020

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2020 is expected to be the year of operation of the Olympia Odos hybrid tolling system in Greece. This pioneering system will make Olympia Motorway the first motorway to enter into the era of distance-based, «fair» charging in the country.

Much has been written and discussed recently about this system, as well as interoperability.

But what is the «hybrid tolling system»?

Its operation is both «smart» and extremely simple. O-pass users will be charged at each toll station according to the concessionaire’s pricelist per charging zone, as originally envisaged in the motorway charging scheme.

However, users that leave the motorway at an interchange situated before the end of the charging zone will get a refund based on the actual kilometres traveled into their o-pass account.

To that end, the existing system will be equipped with 30 additional «free flow» gantry stations situated at selected entrance and exit points of the motorway that will be able to record the distance-based trip of all o-pass users.
Market sources predict that other motorway concession companies will follow Olympia Motorway’s lead and install similar systems.

The Canadian IBI Group, contractor of the innovative project

Who is implementing this innovative -for Greece at least- system? The implementation of the Olympia Motorway hybrid tolling system has been awarded to the long-standing Canadian company IBI Group and is essentially an extension of the current Olympia Motorway tolling system, which was also installed by IBI Group back in 2017 – as well as the Motorway Traffic Management System.

The country Manager of IBI Group Hellas, Mr. Antulio Richetta commented at ypodomes.com: «We are proud to be the first to deliver this unique project in collaboration with Olympia Motorway, based on the existing electronic tolling system, and introducing a state-of-the-art distance-based pricing model in Greece.

The project is expected to greatly benefit both local communities along Olympia motorway and frequent users of the motorway.»

In this project, IBI is responsible for the turn-key provision of the hybrid system including the overall project management, the design, supply of the tolling software, equipment procurement, installation, integration and configuration, as well as after sales services including software support and maintenance.

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New generation of PPP infrastructure projects under preparation

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The Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport examines the possibility of implementing new infrastructure projects as PPPs. Just a few days ago, the Minister of Infrastructure and Transport, Mr. Kostas Karamanlis announced the utilization of PPP projects as one of the desired solutions by the Ministry.

According to ypodomes.com, a few days ago, the Secretary General of Infrastructure, Mr. George Karagiannis and the Secretary General of Private Investments and PPPs, Mr. Nikos Mantzoufas had their first meeting. According to the same information, PPPs’ dossiers, concerning projects that are in progress, have already been examined.

More specifically, there was a discussion on the big road-related project Kalamata-Pylos-Methoni, the school building projects in Crete and Central Macedonia, the courts in Edessa and Heraklion, etc. A first mention was made for the PPP project promoted by the Ministry or the upgrading of Thessaloniki Ring Road.

According to the same sources, new meetings will be arranged in the near future aiming to mature the projects to be promoted as well as others that the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport intends to implement. The aim here is to create a list of projects that can run through the PPP method and begin the procedures for their realization.

Meetings with the European Investment Bank

Mobility at the Ministry was quite intense last week as an important meeting was held between Infrastructure and Tranport Minister, Mr. Kostas Karamanlis and the European Commissioner for Competition, Mrs. Margrethe Westerger, on major projects.

Equally important was, however, the workshop with EIB regarding the financing of large-scale and NSRF projects and their scheduling. A number of important projects are also co-funded by EIB such as Kasteli Airport, Athens Metro Line 4 and more. EIB’s funding list now includes 10 major flood defense projects, after the contract signed a few weeks ago at the Greek Ministry of Finance.

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