Development of virtual natural gas pipelines in Greece
Natural gas transmission and distribution pipelines network does not cover all country’s territory. There are significant geographic areas that have not access to it. Natural gas is an opportunity fuel i.e. cheap and clean which can help local economies to grow. Since the expansion of the network is not in the near future plans of the National Natural Gas Transmission System Operator, alternatives should be under consideration. “Virtual” pipelines could an economically and technically viable solution. Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) could be transported from Revithousa LNG terminal to the Industrial Zones of Patras and Ioannina, westwards of the country. There, installed regasification plants will convert it into gaseous natural gas. A pipeline network will distribute it to consumers within the industrial area while remote costumers will be supplied with compressed natural gas (CNG). There is mature available technology so that “virtual” pipeline project should be able to operate soon after license acquisition.