Saturday, September 30, 2023

    PM Mitsotakis announces agreement with PM Zaev on natural gas transport and reopening of pipeline

    Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis expressed confidence that there will be an agreement with the authorities of North Macedonia for the transport of natural gas and the opening of the oil pipeline between the two countries, in a video message at the fifth “Thessaloniki Summit 2020”.

    In his address, Mitsotakis focused on infrastructure and energy issues, mentioning the gas pipelines under construction, but also the connection of North Macedonia and Greece for the transport of natural gas and the reopening of the pipeline.

    “I am sure that we will soon agree with Prime Minister Zoran Zaev on two more parallel fronts. “For the interstate connection for transport of natural gas until the end of 2023, but also for the re-operation of the Vardax pipeline, which we hope will soon start supplying the refinery in Skopje, which is owned by ‘Hellenic Petroleum’.” pointed out Mitsotakis.

    Zaev, as well as the Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama and the EU Commissioner for Enlargement Oliver Varheji had a video address tonight at the panel dedicated to the EU perspective of the region at the “Thessaloniki Summit 2020”.

    Zaev said that Greece is among the five largest trade partners of Northern Macedonia and that the exchange between the two countries for the period January-August this year is 414 million euros.

    Zaev said some time ago that North Macedonia had received an offer from Greece for co-ownership of the gas terminals in Alexandroupolis, where an 800-megawatt power plant will be built.

    Energy Regulatory Commission President Marko Bislimoski, in an online debate on the situation in the energy sector, said that the price of gas would be reduced by up to 20% with the future branch from Greece through North Macedonia to Kosovo, by becoming a transit country.