Strong interest for Greek energy sector

  • May 3, 2022

On May 2nd and 3rd 2022, Minister-President Jan Jambon accompanied the royal couple on the state visit to Greece, together with a federal Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister-Presidents of the Communities and Regions. Julie Bynens, Secretary General of Flanders Chancellery and Foreign Office also took part in the state Visit. 

Flanders aims the strengthening of the cooperation with Greece. Especially in the area of a sustainable transition to renewable energy, there are still many opportunities.
During the Seminar ''Renewable energy: expertise meets opportunity'', Minister-President Jan Jambon highlighted the opportunities in renewable energy. A significant part of the funds from the Greek recovery plan Greece 2.0 is indeed used to radically transform the Greek energy system and to position Greece as a regional energy hub in South East Europe. This transformation also offers many opportunities for Flemish companies. 

Minister-President Jan Jambon: "Greece's high solar power combined with an almost unlimited potential for harvesting wind energy make the Mediterranean country eminently suitable for energy infrastructure projects. At this seminar, Flemish companies were able to show off their expertise on renewable energy and demonstrate their good practices. A great opportunity for future partnerships."

Many Flemish companies already have branches in Greece and  want to cooperate in Greek energy projects in the future. 
Jan De Nul and Hellenic Cables are producing cables to connect the offshore wind farms Mermaid and Seastar to the Belgian modular offshore grid. Belven distributes quarter turn valves via GIOXAS and thus works with AVAX Hellas on the largest power plant in Northern Greece.
Parkwind of the Colruyt Group and Jan De Nul Group are interested in offshore wind energy projects and the Eco-islands project.
FIT CEO Claire Tillekaerts represented the Minister-President at the Round Table on the Greek Eco Islands project to discuss the cooperation between Belgian and Greek companies. Eco Islands must guide Greece through the green transition.
 The Minister-President met the CEO of OTN Systems NV, a Flemish company that produces network equipment and has been present in Greece since 2003 through its Greek partner, NTE PC. With the technology and services of this company, the Athens metro was realised, and OTN products will also be used in the new metro line and the extensions of the existing metro infrastructure.
Furthermore, OTN has an interest in projects of the Greek railways and has realised projects such as the Trans Adriatic Pipeline and the backbone network of the Gas Interconnector Greece Bulgaria together with the Greek partner.

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FOTO BELGA IMAGE: Reception by Greek president  Katerina Sakellaropoulou