Greece launches tender for Crete-Attica power interconnection

The Greek Environment and Energy ministry on Friday launched an international tender for a High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) interconnection project linking Crete with Attica. The project is budgeted at 915 million euros and has a timetable for completion in 2022.

It is the second, “large” interconnection of the island to the national grid (after an underwater cable of smaller power that will link Crete with the Peloponnese) implemented by Ariadni Interconnection, a subsidiary of ADMIE. The ministry, in an announcement, said the architecture of the tenders follows the best practices followed in such projects worldwide, with the aim to promote competition and achieve the best financial and technical terms for each section.

The tender for cable sections (with a budget of 600 million euros) covers the study, supply and installation of two underwater cable systems (2 x 500MW), underwater cable sections and optical fibre. The deadline for e-submission of bids ends on July 8. The tender for the power stations with a budget of 315 million euros covers the study, supply and installation of two transformation stations and one GIS sub-station. The deadline for bid submission ends on July 22.