Skopje gasification project kicks off

The project for gasification of Skopje region that covers 17 municipalities is kicking off. The EUR 100 million-project is to be completed in five years under the principle of public-private partnership, while part of the distribution network will be set into work in 2016.
Whole country is part of the gasification project, Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski told a press conference on Wednesday. Construction works on the distribution system will be launched in 2015 and by 2019 seventy percent of the planned infrastructure should be competed, he said.
"Concrete operationalization of the project for gasification of the Republic of Macedonia kicks off today. For the last few years we have worked hard on wrapping up all activities, procedures to come to this point," Gruevski said.
He said the Government ensured an agreement on gas supply with the Russian Federation and met the main prerequisite for launching the gasification project.
The call for a private partner will be published within the next new days and open by 25 May. The public-private partnership agreement will be valid for 20 years. After that period the state will become an owner of the natural-gas system.

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) Macedonia's prime minister says the country will start building a natural gas network next year, when it hopes to start receiving deliveries of Russian gas.

Nikola Gruevski said Wednesday the 100 million euro ($137 million) project, which will involve public-private partnerships, will take five years to complete.

Gruevski says the distribution system will have a total length of 250 kilometers (155 miles), at least 70 percent of which will be completed by 2019.

Macedonia has an initial agreement with Russia's Gazprom energy giant to be linked with the South Stream pipeline meant to transport Russian natural gas to Europe.

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