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DEFSA undertakes O&M services of KIPIC LNG terminal in Kuwait

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DESFA has undertaken the provision of operation and maintenance (O&M) services of the new LNG import (LNGI) terminal of the Kuwaiti state company, KIPIC. The contract has a duration of at least 5 years and was awarded to DESFA, after the completion of the second and last phase of the relevant tender, that of technical evaluations and discussions on the contract.

The high specialisation and know-how of DESFA and the shareholders of Snam and Enagás, who will jointly provide their services, contributed decisively to the undertaking of the project. The experience gained by DESFA from the management of the Greek transmission system, but also of the LNG terminal in Revythousa, also had a catalytic contribution to the undertaking of the project.

The LNGI terminal has eight liquefied gas storage tanks, each with a capacity of 225 000 m3. According to the Kuwaiti KIPIC, the purpose of the project is to serve industrial consumers of natural gas, but also to meet the growing needs of the country for ‘cleaner’ fuel for electricity production.

The CEO of DESFA, Nicola Battilana, said: “The undertaking of the project for the provision of operation and maintenance services of the KIPIC LNG terminal by DESFA is the embodiment of the strategic decision of the company to participate in more international projects. With this development, DESFA acquires a presence in the Arab environment and, in fact, in one of the most impressive projects in the region, which will bring significant financial benefits, but also top technical experience to the organisation. Thus, the project comes to contribute decisively to the consolidation of DESFA as a highly competitive force at the international level, not only in the field of transport but also in the management of natural gas infrastructure.”

This project is another activity of DESFA which makes Greece an increasingly predictable energy power in the region of Southeast Europe, as is the company's participation in the FSRU of Alexandroupolis, an investment that turns Greece into a gas hub for the Balkans.

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