Lignite phase-out

The National Energy and Climate Plan (NECP, NOG 4893/B/2019), fully in tune with the ambitious objective of the EU to enhance Europe as the first climate-neutral continent by 2050, stipulates the complete lignite phase-out nation-wide by 2028.

However, PPC decided to accelerate the withdrawal of the existing lignite-fired plants of total capacity 3,4 GW, by 2023.

However, PPC decided to accelerate the withdrawal of the existing lignite-fired plants of total capacity 3,4 GW, by 2023.

Lignite-fired power unit Nominal capacity Decommissioning year
Kardia 1
Kardia 2
Kardia 3
Kardia 4
275
275
280
280
2019
2019
2021
2021

Agios Dimitrios 1
Agios Dimitrios 2
Agios Dimitrios 3
Agios Dimitrios 4
Agios Dimitrios 5

274
274
283
283
342
2022
2022
2022
2022
2023
Amyntaio 1
Amyntaio 2
273
273
2020
2020
Florina/Meliti 289 2023
Megalopolis 3
Megalopolis 4
255
256
2022
2023


In view of withdrawing all lignite-fired plants nationwide by 2025, PPC will help to guide lignite areas towards new sustainable economic activities and provide training and career reorientation for staff to acquire new skills. 

To this end, PPC’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer participates in the Steering Committee responsible for preparing and implementing  the Just Transition Development Plan (JTDP), for coordinating the activities required for the preparation and implementation of  the said plan and for recommending the issues to the Government Committee for the Just Development Transition to the post-lignite era in the Region of Western Macedonia and the Municipality of Megalopolis in the Region of Peloponnese. 

In parallel with the withdrawal of the lignite-fired power plants, the mines that feed them will be closed. The equipment of the above production units (mines – power plants) will be dismantled and removed and the affected land will be restored.

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