Northern Macedonia And Greece To Sign A Treaty To Interconnect Gas Pipelines

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Northern Macedonia And Greece To Sign A Treaty To Interconnect Gas Pipelines

Wed, 04/28/2021 - 14:43
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Flags of Greece and Northern Macedonia (copyright by Shutterstock/alexfan32)
Flags of Greece and Northern Macedonia (copyright by Shutterstock/alexfan32)

Northern Macedonian’s Prime Minister Zoran Zaev is expected to visit Athens in early May to sign a treaty promoting a pipeline gas interconnection project linking the two Balkan country’s gas networks.

This new 50 km North Macedonia-Greece gas interconnector natural gas pipeline interconnection is to be built by the Greek natural gas pipeline operator DESFA. The pipeline interconnector will link the Greek transmission pipeline network at a valve station near the northern port city of Thessalonica with the Macedonian border at Evzoni (Gevgelija). Here it will connect with the newly completed trans-Adriatic pipeline which carries gas from central Asia via Turkey, Greece and Albania to southern Italy. The Macedonian section of the pipeline interconnection is already complete.

Investors in the Greek section of the pipeline include the Greek State 34% and SENFLUGA 66% (composed of SNAM 60%, Fluxys20% and Enagas 20%). In addition, part of the funding will come from the European Regional Development Fund.

On completion, this interconnector will bring greater flexibility and energy security, not only to these two countries, but will also fill a gap in the Balkan region’s natural gas pipeline network which, will in turn facilitate easier natural gas energy trading amongst the region’s states.

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