Greece Gets Strong Interest for Igoumenitsa Port
Greece on Friday received nine non-binding bids for a 67% stake in Igoumenitsa port, its privatization agency said on Friday.
Bids were submitted by Aegean Oil, Attica Holdings and a consortium of Archirodon Group and ANEK & Trident Hellas Group.
The other bidders were a consortium of Grimaldi Euromed and Minoan Lines, Danthia Shipping, MRG Ltd, Portek International, Quintana Infrastructure and Thessaloniki Port Authority , the agency said.
The deadline for bidding expired at 1500 GMT on Friday.
Greece embarked on an ambitious privatization plan in 2010, at the start of a decade-long financial crisis, to help reduce its public debt and attract investors to overhaul and boost the business efficiency of its assets.
Athens has raised about 7 billion euros so far from the program, which includes the sale of a majority stake in Alexandroupolis port and the sub-concession for the operation of a multipurpose port terminal in Kavala, both in northern Greece.
(Reporting by Lefteris Papadimas and Angeliki Koutantou; Editing by Kirsten Donovan)