Next year, the project for construction of a gas pipeline with Greece will officially start, announced the Prime Minister Zoran Zaev on his Facebook profile, listing the strategic projects that are planned to be implemented this year.
“In energy, we really have something to say and we have arguments why we are a leader in the region on this issue,” Zaev wrote in his Facebook status.
He emphasizes that the gas pipeline with Greece is a key project for energy – economic development of the country. The investment for the interconnector with Greece is estimated at 50 million euros, of which 10 million are a grant from the Investment Framework for the Western Balkans. A gas pipeline connection with Kosovo is also being designed.
In the part of gasification, he points out that this year the construction of the secondary gas pipeline network in 10 cities in the country will begin, as well as the second phase of the tender procedure for selection of a private partner for the construction of the natural gas distribution network in all municipalities. The two Turkish companies AKSA and PALLET INSAAT are in the race, and the investment is estimated at around 300 million euros.
The construction of the main gas pipelines continues, so next year the branch to Bitola and to Tetovo and Gostivar should be completed.
Among the projects that will mark this year, Zaev mentions two photovoltaic power plants of 50 MW each with an estimated investment of about 60 million euros, as well as the possibility to build a gas power plant at TPP Negotino if the feasibility study shows justification for such a thing.
In the first quarter of this year, a new tender is announced for additional 60 MW photovoltaic power plants, an investment of over 35 million euros. During the year, the construction of the second phase of the wind park Bogdanci 2 should start, which will increase the installed capacity of the existing wind park Bogdanci by 13.8 MW. The realization of new wind parks in Bogdanci, Sv. Nikole, Demir Kapija and in Debrca.
Regarding “Chebren”, the Prime Minister says that finally, after 11 attempts of the previous government, several bids have been received at the tender, 10 of which are from large companies from Europe and China.
– Now the next phase for the project worth between 600 and 800 million euros continues and that in itself shows the serious intention for success, wrote Zaev on Facebook.