Six companies express interest for the 66 percent stake in Greece’s natural gas grid operator DESFA, the country’s privatisation agency said on Monday.
The interested investors are: Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets; a consortium of Italy’s Snam, Belgium’s Fluxys, Dutch-based Gasunie and Spain’s Enagas ; Romanian state-owned Transgaz with France’s GRTgaz; Spain’s Regasificadora del Noroeste; Integrated Utility Services; and Powerglobe LLC.
Shortlisted investors will be invited to submit binding offers at a later stage.
Greece must conclude the DESFA sale by the end of the year under its bailout-mandated privatisation scheme.
A previous deal to sell DESFA to Azerbaijan’s SOCAR fell through last year, after Greece passed legislation raising DESFA’s gas tariffs by a lower amount than SOCAR had expected.
DESFA owns and operates Greece’s natural gas network and a liquified natural gas terminal offshore, west of the Greek capital.