ATHENS, Feb 9 (Reuters) - Russia's Sintez has submitted a bid of between 1 billion and 2 billion euros for the Greek state's 65 percent stake in the gas distribution company DEPA, its chief executive said in a newspaper interview released on Saturday.
Sintez is one of the five contenders for DEPA, which Greece wants to sell as part of a privatisation programme agreed with its international lenders to pay off debt. The remaining 35 percent of DEPA are held by Hellenic Petroleum.
The other bidders are Russia's Gazprom, Azerbaijan's state-owned SOCAR and two Greek consortia, M&M GasCo-Mytilineos-Motor Oil , and PPF and GEK TERNA.
"Certainly we cannot reveal the price of our initial bid but it was between 1 and 2 billion euros," Sintez's CEO Andrey Korolev told the Sunday edition of the Ethnos newspaper.
Korolev also said the group planned to invest about 5 billion euros in Greece to build new pipelines and modernise DEPA's LNG terminal. (Reporting by Angeliki Koutantou; Editing by Kevin Liffey)