North Macedonia–Greece Interconnector Gas Pipeline

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North Macedonia–Greece Interconnector Gas Pipeline is a proposed network of gas pipeline interconnections in Greece and North Macedonia.[1]

Location

The interconnector will run near the Nea Messimvria compressor station to the customs station of Evzoni in Greece,[2] then to Gevgelija and Negotino in North Macedonia.[3]

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Pipeline Details

  • Owner:
    • Negotino-Gevgelija: MER JSC Skopje[1][4]
    • Nea-Messimvria-Evzoni/Gevgelija: DESFA S.A.[1][4]
  • Capacity:
  • Length: 126 km / 78.29 miles[5]
    • Negotino-Gevgelija: 70 km / 43.5 miles
    • Nea-Messimvria-Evzoni/Gevgelija: 56 km / 34.8 miles
  • Diameter:
    • Negotino-Gevgelija: 750 mm / 29.5 inches[4]
    • Nea-Messimvria-Evzoni/Gevgelija: 750 mm / 29.5 inches[4]
  • Financing:
    • Negotino-Gevgelija: €27 million loan from the EIB for the North Macedonian section[6]
    • Nea-Messimvria-Evzoni/Gevgelija: €25 million loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB) for the Greek section of the Interconnector[7]
  • Cost: €70 million (US$83 million)[8]
  • Status:
    • Negotino-Gevgelija: Proposed[9][4]
    • Nea-Messimvria-Evzoni/Gevgelija: Proposed[1][4]
  • Start Year:
    • Negotino-Gevgelija: 2024[4]
    • Nea-Messimvria-Evzoni/Gevgelija: 2024[4]
  • Identifiers:
    • Project Code on the current (2020) PECI/PMI list: GAS – 04B[4]
    • ENTSOG 2020 TYNDP:
      • Negotino-Gevgelija: TRA-N-980[4]
      • Nea-Messimvria-Evzoni/Gevgelija: TRA-N-967[4]

Background

The North Macedonia section of the project is referred to by ENTSOG as "Interconnection North Macedonia-Greece (North Macedonian part)" and by its project code: "TRA-A-980". ENTSOG describes this section of the project's purpose as to " ensure supply of additional quantities of natural gas from Greece and other sources that will be available through Greece, direct connection to the existing LNG Terminal Revithoussa and possibly transit of additional quantities of natural gas intended for UNMIK and/or Serbia." DESFA has requested approximately €17 million in grants from the European Union for the project's construction. As of late 2020, the funding decision was pending.[10]

The Greek section of the project is is referred to by ENTSOG as "Nea-Messimvria to Evzoni/Gevgelija pipeline (IGNM)" and by its project code: TRA-A-967. ENTSOG describes this section of the project as "a pipeline from Nea-Messimvria to the GR/MK border allowing the supply of North Macedonia by the Greek Gas Transmission System."[1]

In May 2020, the European Investment Bank approved a €25 million loan for financing the construction of the 55 kilometre long Greek section of the Interconnector.[7] At the same time the EIB approved a €27 million loan for financing the construction of the North Macedonian section.[11] The project has also received grants of €1 million from the EU's technical assistance fund CONNECTA and €12.425 million from the Western Balkan Investment Framework.[12]

A "Benefit Analysis, Environmental and Social Impact Assessment and Basic (detailed) Design" document, dated February 2021, includes a "Time plan for the Project phases" which states that construction is expected to take place between 2021 and 2023. The latter year is also the stated start of operation.[5]

As of September 2021, Energy Community states that the design studies for the North Macedonia (Negotino-Gevgelija) part of the pipeline are not yet complete. According to Energy Community, "mechanical completion [is] planned for May 2024" and commissioning is planned for that same year.[4]

Articles and resources

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 ENTSOG TYNDP 2020 - Annex A - Projects Tables, ENTSOG, accessed January 2020.
  2. NNGS Development Plan 2017-2026, DEFSA, accessed Jan. 17, 2020.
  3. European Network of Transmission System Operators for Gas (October 2020). "TYNDP 2020 Transmission Map" (PDF). ENTSOG.eu. Retrieved March 17, 2021.
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 "Gas_04B / North Macedonia - Greece Interconnector". Energy Community. Archived from the original on September 3, 2021. Retrieved September 3, 2021.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Mott MacDonald Group (February 2021). "Gas interconnector North Macedonia - Greece Cost Benefit Analysis, Environmental and Social Impact Assessment and Basic (detailed) Design: Stakeholder Engagement Plan" (PDF). European Investment Bank. Archived (PDF) from the original on September 3, 2021. Retrieved September 3, 2021.
  6. Bojan Stojkovski, Balkan countries look to boost energy diversification with multiple interconnection projects, Medium.com, Nov. 24, 2020
  7. 7.0 7.1 GAS INTERCONNECTOR GREECE-NORTH MACEDONIA GRPART, European Investment Bank Projects, May 12, 2020
  8. Secretariat for European Affairs (2018). "SSPP.2018" (PDF). Government of the Republic of North Macedonia. Retrieved March 17, 2021.
  9. European Network of Transmission System Operators for Gas. "PS-CBA Groups - entsog". ENTSOG. Retrieved September 16, 2020.
  10. TYNDP 2020 Annex A.1 – Project Details, ENTSOG, accessed Dec. 3, 2020
  11. GAS INTERCONNECTOR GREECE-NORTH MACEDONIA NMPART, European Investment Bank Projects, May 12, 2020
  12. Project of Mutual Interest: North Macedonia – Greece Gas Interconnector, Western Balkan Investment Framework, accessed Mar. 23, 2021

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