Athens, December 17, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Olga Mavrou
The belgian consortium Fluxys, which is interested in acquiring a minority stake in the Greek natural gas transmission system operator DESFA (which is under privitization) will be funded to this end by Marguerite Infrastructure Fund – a fund under the sponsorship of the European Investment Bank. According to the Belgian newspaper “De Tijd” Fluxys is interested in Desfa because of its geostrategic significance – it is consider as a potential hub in transit gas transportation from Middle East and Caspian regions to Europe. Fluxys furthermore is already involved in the construction of TAR pipeline that crosses Greece.
The potential strategic importance of DESFA and the involvement in TAR are the main reasons Fluxys insists on buying shares though a major shareholder of Fluxys disagrees – the Canadian Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec. In order to get involved in the project, Fluxys intends to get the shares indirectly, through its investment company FPIM jointly with the holding company Publigas.