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Energy transition and future challenges for a liberalised and integrated electrical market: the case of Albania

On February 20th 2019, the second phase of the KEP / CEI technical assistance program “Central European Initiative Support for Strengthening Energy Regulatory Authorities in the Western Balkans” will be formally launched, benefiting from the financial support of the CEI fund, totally financed by the Italian government, through the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development […]

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Albania an important energy hub for the Southern Gas Corridor

Topics in this presentation : Existing and planned import pipelines to Europe Natural gas demand on the Balkans is expected to grow by 24.9 bcm/a (+ 68 %) to reach 61.3 bcm/a in 2035 The Balkan Gas Hub/ East and West connects all major gas supply projects The Albania/Balkan region and Europe as a whole […]

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Energy Community opens dispute settlement procedure against Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Ukraine

The Energy Community Secretariat initiated ex officio preliminary dispute settlement procedures against Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Ukraine for the lack of unbundling of the countries’ electricity distribution system operators.  In its Opening Letters, the Secretariat takes the view that the three Contracting Parties fail to comply with their obligations under the Energy Community Treaty by (completely, partly or incorrectly) not having […]

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Fier and Lushnja, the main destination for photovoltaic parks in Albania

The Ministry of Infrastructure and Energy in Albania has announced on Monday that it has received 10 new expressions of interest for the construction of photovoltaic parks in the country. The requirements of various companies for the construction of these plants have been numerous throughout the summer after the approval of tariffs that the government […]

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Why Albania is THAT important to the Balkans

A couple of weeks ago, Director of IN-VR, Chryssa Tsouraki published an article on Albania’s importance to the Balkans region that went viral: “Albania is far too important for Europe’s energy security to be ignored or even underestimated. Some quick facts about Albania to familiarise yourselves: –  Patos Marinza: The largest oil field in Europe, operated by Bankers […]

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Pennine signs Velca Block PSA, anticipates into Albania’s energy industry.

 “Pennine” is pleased to announce that it has signed a Production Sharing Agreement (“PSA”) with Albpetrol Sh.A (“Albpetrol”) for the exploration and development of the Velca Block in Albania. The finalized PSA contains a license agreement signed by Pennine, Albania’s Ministry of Energy and Industry, and Albpetrol, the country’s state-owned energy firm, for a six(6)-year […]

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Wang Yi Holds Talks with Foreign Minister Ditmir Bushati of Albania

On August 25, 2016, Foreign Minister Wang Yi held talks in Beijing with visiting Foreign Minister Ditmir Bushati of Albania. Wang Yi expressed that Albania is a traditional friend of China. It made historic contributions to recovering the lawful seat of the People’s Republic of China in the United Nations back in the days, which […]

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TAP says construction of pipeline’s Albanian section on track

The Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) AG has announced that the construction of the pipeline on the territory of Albania is progressing without delays. TAP AG tweeted that 87.5 percent of access roads and bridges in Albania have already been upgraded. TAP’s route through Albania is approximately 215 kilometers onshore and 37 km offshore in the […]

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Greece, Bulgaria ink IGB gas pipeline, LNG terminal agreements

Athens is turning to Sofia in an attempt to re-establish its position in the region, top policy expert tells New Europe. Greece and Bulgaria agreed to boost energy security in the Balkans in the framework of the European Union, during Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ visit to Sofia on August 1. Tsipras met with his […]

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IENE workshop 2nd : Developing Albania’s Hydroelectricity Potential

Speaking at the second session of the workshop IENE to exploit the hydroelectric potential of Albania, Executive Director of IENE Mr. Kostis Stambolis alleged a position that as it further develops the electric system of the country, mainly based on hydropower, will need the support of the Greek electrical system in order to achieve uninterrupted […]

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