Greece invites barge bids

Greece`s Public Power Corporation (PPC) has invited bids for the supply of electricity from a barge-mounted power plant to meet the anticipated peak demand of the island of Crete in 2000 and 2001. A delay in the development of a new power plant on the island will bring peak shortages of 50-60 MW between June and September.

Demand for electricity on Crete is growing at seven per cent per year compared with 3.5 per cent for the rest of the country. A 150 MW power plant is currently being developed on the island but is strongly opposed by local residents who claim that it will cause environmental damage to fisheries.

The PPC has said that the plant should have a capacity of at least 60 MW deliverable at 50 Hz and connected to the island`s 150 kV grid through step up transformers. The PPC will purchase all the power from the plant over a 720-hour period for an average of six hours per day.