G. Stathakis: Aim is to make Greece a natgas energy portal for SE Europe and Balkans

Greece’s geographic position makes it a “key country” for the energy transfer sector and a stabilising factor for the surrounding region, Environment and Energy Minister George Stathakis said on Tuesday while opening the Mare Forum Greece conference in Athens.

The government’s goal was to exploit this and transform Greece into a natural gas energy portal for southeastern Europe and the Balkans, he said.

Analysing Greece’s role in ensuring energy security and a diversified energy supply on a regional and European level, Stathakis said the government was supporting plans for the Southern Gas Corridor, participating in the planning for the EastMed pipeline as an additional gas transfer route, continuing the country’s transformation into a Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) portal for southeastern Europe and the Balkans and seeking to exploit its own hydrocarbon reserves at sea while respecting the environment.

Stathakis also spoke about the prospects of the fossil fuel sector in light of the surveys conducted in the Ionian Sea and south of Crete.