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    Greek Depa Eyes LNG Bunkering

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It plans to have an EU part-funded bunkering ship but is vague on detail.

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Greek Depa Eyes LNG Bunkering

Greek gas supplier Depa said December 18 it has signed an agreement to receive an EU grant towards Greece's first LNG bunkering ship, which will be based at Pireaus.

This ship, with a capacity of 3,000 m3 LNG, is intended to supply ships at its intended home port of Piraeus and other Greek ports. 

It said the grant agreement was signed between Depa and the EU funds project management agency INEA. Depa said it would be the first such LNG bunkering vessel in the eastern Mediterranean, but its statement made no mention of whether the bunkering vessel has been ordered, where it would be or has been built, and expected delivery date and cost.

Greek newspaper Ekathimerini however reported June 2018 plans by Depa and the Port of Piraeus, near Athens, to develop a regional LNG bunkering and distribution hub by 2020. Depa has imported LNG since 2000 into the Revithoussa import terminal, also near Athens, which is operated by network company Desfa and being expanded.