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Albania begins construction of its part of power link with North Macedonia

Albania marked the start of construction of its section of the electricity transmission interconnection with North Macedonia. The project for the link between Fier to Bitola is worth just over EUR 70 million on its side. Albania and North Macedonia are working on their first overhead 400 kV power line, which would enable market coupling and direct trade. Officials from the Council of Ministers in Tirana, ambassadors and representatives of Germany’s KfW Development Bank held a groundbreaking ceremony at the first transmission tower, at the Elbasan substation. North Macedonia launched works on its side in 2021. The part in Albania is valued at EUR 70.1 million. KfW approved a EUR 50 million loan. The European Union’s Western Balkans Investment Framework (WBIF) allocated a EUR 14 million loan, as well as another one, of EUR 1.1 million, together with German Development Cooperation. Albania’s transmission system operator OST is participating with EUR 5 million in the investment. It is on the list of projects of Energy Community interest (PECIs). “This is a strategic project for Albania, the region and the EU. We are fostering an open energy market and stronger regional cooperation to contribute to a unified European energy market and align with EU climate goals. The new transmission line helps the transition to clean energy, facilitating renewable energy transmission within and beyond Albania. The EU is providing more than EUR 125 million in grant support to Albania for various energy programs, all geared towards the energy transition. Energy will remain at the center of our cooperation with Albania”, EU Ambassador Silvio Gonzato stated. In addition, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Infrastructure and Energy Belinda Balluku said talks are underway with neighboring Greece to triple the cross-border transmission capacity. OST and its Italian counterpart Terna have set up a working group for an underwater interconnection, she added. They will conduct a feasibility study next year, according to Balluku. The vice premier recalled that the European Commission approved a EUR 9.6 million grant earlier this month to Albania’s state-owned electricity producer KESH for its Belshi solar power project. https://balkangreenenergynews.com/albania-begins-construction-of-its-part-of-power-link-with-north-macedonia/

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  • Ann Nyambura

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    The initiation of construction for the power link between Fier and Bitola is a positive development for regional energy integration.

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    • George Kariuki

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      This interconnection opens doors for direct energy trade and increased renewable energy use, contributing to cleaner energy production and reduced dependence on fossil fuels.

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      • Princess

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        Indeed it's a noble investment in the production of clean energy.

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        • Elizabeth Gathigia

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          It's great move to invest in clean energy that give hope and restoration to the world

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          • Princess

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            @elizbeth_gathigia true, this is a great move that offers hope and contributes to environmental restoration.

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          • Gorffly mokua

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            This is a very great development. Such collaborations will open endless possibilities towards achieving our climate goals!

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            • Princess

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              @gorffly_mokua Such partnerships open endless possibilities for achieving climate goals.

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            • Princess

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              This initiative will not only strengthens ties between the two countries but also contributes to a more reliable and efficient energy infrastructure in the region.

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              • CHRIS NGATIA

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                Such powerful partnership are a necessity in enhancing clean energy

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                • Joseph Githinji

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                  @chris_ngatia absolutely true, it is such a vital project.

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                  • Princess

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                    @chris_ngatia Together, they contribute to the enhancement of sustainable practices and pave the way for a cleaner and more resilient energy future.

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                  • walter lungayi

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                    This power link between Albania and North Macedonia will enhance energy cooperation and contribute to the overall stability and development of the region.

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                    • Joseph Githinji

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                      @walter_lungayi it's a sure way to boost sustainability in the two regions.

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                      • Princess

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                        @walter_lungayi Indeed, the power link between Albania and North Macedonia signifies a boost in energy cooperation.

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                      • Rukia Ahmed Abdi

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                        The construction of Albania's part of the electricity transmission interconnection with North Macedonia is a significant step towards enhancing regional cooperation and advancing clean energy goals. The project, valued at over EUR 70 million, involves the establishment of the first overhead 400 kV power line between Fier and Bitola. The interconnection aims to enable market coupling and direct trade, fostering an open energy market.

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                        • Joseph Githinji

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                          @rukia_ahmed_abdi it is a great step in the right trajectory to boost clean energy.

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                          • Princess

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                            @rukia_ahmed_abdi This is indeed a significant step.

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                          • Munene Mugambi

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                            I imagine this project powers a lot of homes in both countries and will provide good value for money

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                            • Joseph Githinji

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                              @munene_mugambi it is such a noble investment that all must embrace.

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                              • Jane Wangui

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                                @munene_mugambi This will cover a large geographical area.Over time we will all transition to clean energy.

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                                • Princess

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                                  @munene_mugambi its poised to bring substantial benefits.

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                                • Joseph Githinji

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                                  This is a great partnership between Albania and North Macedonia that is going to foster production of clean energy. Happy to see the power grid includes the Belshi solar power project. This is surely a noble investment.

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                                  • CHRIS NGATIA

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                                    @joseph_githinji we need an increase of such powerful partnership

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                                    • Princess

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                                      @joseph_githinji its indeed a noble investment

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                                      • Grace Njeri

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                                        @joseph_githinji A promising partnership with the aim to bolster production of clean energy.

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