EU & WBs / Albania Energy Investment Updates

EU & WBs / Albania Energy Investment Updates

Presentation of Albanian Centre for Energy Regulation and Conservation - ACERC

ACERC is a think tank centre with focus on the Albania energy market and its integration in the regional IEM. The Acerc mission base on the in-depth knowledge of EU and regional energy law and policy and strives to provide a qualified contribution to the promotion of the liberalization and effective integration as well as efficient use of energy resources.

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main activities briefly consists in build-up collaborations and supports to market players in study researches such as the certificate reports, articles and periodicals. The transfer of high expertise through building-up institutional capacities by national and regional training courses, seminars and conferences. The institutional representation and integration within framework of the forum of Albanian School of Regulation.

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Albanian Power Corporation (KESH sh.a.) announces service delivery on Construction of the territory of HEC Fierzë. Notice Released, 30/03/2015

AEI Updates March 2015Posted by Adv. Lorenc Gordani, PhD Tue, March 31, 2015 22:51:33

Albanian Power Corporation (KESH sh.a.) announces service delivery on Construction of the territory of HEC Fierzë.

Notice Released, 30/03/2015

Albanian Power Corporation (KESH sh.a.) Hydropower Production Unit Fierzë announces delivery service on “Construction of the siege and lighting of the territory of HEC Fierzë. Type of procurement will be by open procedures with electronic means.

Limit Fund 384,848 EUR (55,000,000 ALL) without VAT, with funding source income KESH sh.a. The contract will be implemented within a period of five (5) months from the date of its signing.

Request for prequalification submission deadline 24/04/2015 within the hour 10:00 and deadline for opening of prequalification application within the same moment.



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Albanian Operator of Electricity Distribution (OSHEE) announces service delivery on the print service Notice Released, 03.26.2015

AEI Updates March 2015Posted by Adv. Lorenc Gordani, PhD Sun, March 29, 2015 13:12:27

Albanian Operator of Electricity Distribution (OSHEE) announces service delivery on the print service

Notice Released, 03.26.2015


Albanian Operator of Electricity Distribution (OSHEE) announces service delivery on the print service for its needs (REF-89840-03-25-2015). Type of procurement will be by open procedures and electronic means.

Limit Fund 293,801 EUR (42,124,000 ALL) without VAT, with funding source income OSHEE sh.a. Deadline for delivery of goods will come according to standard tender documents.

Request for prequalification submission deadline 17.04.2015 within the hour 10:00 and deadline for opening of prequalification application within the same moment.



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Hahn: EU Allocated EUR 1 Bln For Balkans Published: Mar 25, 2015 at 12:14 pm

AEI Updates March 2015Posted by Adv. Lorenc Gordani, PhD Sat, March 28, 2015 00:21:03
Hahn: EU Allocated EUR 1 Bln For Balkans
Published: Mar 25, 2015 at 12:14 pm
PRISTINA – The informal meeting of ministers of foreign affairs and ministers of transport of countries in the region began in Pristina on Wednesday and Serbia is represented by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure Zorana Mihajlovic and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivica Dacic.

The conference will cover tangible economic projects of regional character with a special emphasis on investments in infrastructure which can be realised from EU funds aimed at the development of the Western Balkans.

The third meeting between ministers in the region will take place in Pristina without display of national symbols and the meeting will be headed by Kosovo Minister of Foreign Affairs Hasim Taci.

The conference gathers ministers of foreign affairs and infrastructure of the Western Balkan region and European Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn, and European Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc will address the participants through a video call.

The conference is also attended by Head of the EU Delegation in Serbia Michael Davenport.

Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn announced in Pristina on Wednesday that the EU will allocate one billion euros for the promotion of infrastructure in the Western Balkan countries.

Projects in the fields of infrastructure, transport and energy are crucial for economic development, attraction of new investments and creation of jobs, Hahn underlined at an informal conference of ministers of regional countries in Pristina on Wednesday.

As early as in 2015, EUR 100 million will be granted from the IPA funds in form of investments.

The Western Balkan countries need to adopt a common transport policy, Hahn said, adding that the European funds are limited and every euro will have to be spent shrewdly.

He said that the EU will help the regional countries to successfully realize these projects and continue to help them in the implementation of the reforms.



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ALBANIAN ECONOMY TO FLUORISH WITH TAP, OFFICIALS SAY March 26th, 2015

AEI Updates March 2015Posted by Adv. Lorenc Gordani, PhD Thu, March 26, 2015 09:18:08

ALBANIAN ECONOMY TO FLUORISH WITH TAP, OFFICIALS SAY
March 26th, 2015

Albanian government officials have gone on record to promote the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP), stating it will be a good investment for Albania and its economy.

All the necessary documentation for building this project, which will transport gas from the Caspian Basin through Turkey, Greece and Albania before reaching the coast of Southern Italy, is ready with construction expected to start in 2016.

The construction of TAP is not expected to significantly impact the EU's move to reduce dependency on Russian supply; however, it will have an important bearing on the economies of states in southeastern Europe including EU member Greece.

Natural Gas Europe has the opportunity to receive the views of Ilir Bejtja, Deputy Minister of Energy & Resources of Albania on the TAP project and natural gas in Albania.

''This is the opportunity for gasification of the country. Albania will have three connection points for natural gas and this will give us the opportunity to play a key role for supplying Balkan states'', commented the Deputy Minister.

He emphasised that the country will reduce the use of electrical energy, which is now the only source of energy in the country, adding that all political forces in Albania are in consensus on this matter.

Albania plays a key role in the development of the Southern Gas Corridor through the passage of the TAP pipeline. What has Albania done so far regarding the building of TAP and what is it planning to do in the future?

"We have already fulfilled previous obligations, including voting in parliament, voting on the project and track of TAP and – as far I know – we have also concluding the tender for the building of a road for the construction of the pipeline. The government of Albania is also in the process of issuing licences for building TAP. So far, there are no obstacles to report for this project. Albania will have three connection points for natural gas, and this will give them the opportunity to play a key role for supplying Balkan states which are related to Ionian Adriatic Pipeline with natural gas, and they will get the chance to benefit from their resources and their own production. Albania now only has one source of energy: electricity. With the building of TAP, Albania will have the opportunity not to depend on only one source of energy. This will make it possible for the economy to grow at a quicker rate.

What are the characteristics of the Albanian segment of TAP and how will the building of this pipeline impact the country’s economy?

"The pipeline section is 217 kilometers long, there will be three gas connection points, it will involve about 2,000 workers and it is estimated that around 500 million euros will enter the Albanian economy in terms of work, facilities, taxes, etc. Many domestic companies will be involved in the project. For example, there is now one Albanian-Italian joint venture which will be doing the work on infrastructure for the pipeline. Another benefit will be diversification of energy sources through the gasification of the country. Houses will finally have the opportunity to use gas for personal use. It will also be a part of Albania’s regulatory framework for energy. In general, this will have a big impact on Albania’s economy since this is one of the biggest energy projects in the country. With this project, it became possible to forge new relationships. Albania is now working with Azerbaijan in order to benefit both countries from this cooperation".

Is there a full political support for building this pipeline in Albania?

"Yes, it has the consensus of all political parties. This project was not initiated by the Socialist party which is now in power, but the former ruling establishment. That being said, the new government has supported this project because it is in the best interests of the country".

At the latest meeting with the officials from Azerbaijan, you agreed that a special working group be formed to undertake a master plan for developing Albania’s gas market. Can you tell us more specifically what this master plan will bring to Albania?

"Right now the country is focused on gas distribution for final consumption in Albania. It is about gasification of the country, which means that the natural gas should come to all areas where it was never before. That means urban areas, industrial areas and in that way the country will increase consumption of gas and reduce consumption of electric energy, impacting directly on projects heavily dependent on energy efficiency. Consumption of electric energy is very much dependent on weather conditions. By having another source of energy that is constant means that Albania will have much more energy. The government plans to redistribute and reallocate investments in this sector and transport it to other sectors which have been left behind because of a lack of funds. That is the main reason behind the creation of the master plan. Albania will consider how to develop this master plan through projects which will be financed from the state budget and from partnership funds."

In 2014, Albania started implementing a package of reforms in the energy sector. What has been done so far?

"Albania has done a great deal of work. To provide a bit of background, in 2013, Albania started with a loss of 217 million dollars in its energy sector. In 2014, this number is planned to be reduced to 180 million dollars. But Albania has moved further: debt has been reduced to 45 million dollars. We achieved this through a series of actions, regulations and modifications. That number will be even smaller by the end of this year. The government is working to change the situation further and to contribute to the state budget in the future and not to take any more money from the budget like it has so far. This year, it is planned to finance the state budget with about 130 million dollars of support. At the end of the year, Albania will definitely be at zero and only contribute to the budget in order to improve its negative account that has been dragging for years. The situation will be quite different. This will help the country to increase its investments in the energy sector and to be much more confident with its relationships with banks and other financial institutions and partners. I do not not believe Albania will be super energy force, but will be positive contributor".

Albania has also taken over the chairmanship of the Energy Community, on January 1. 2015. What will be the goals that the country will try to achieve in the period of one year and where does the country currently stand when it comes to Third Energy package reforms of EU?

"Very soon, Albania will have a new laws. The basic law in the power sector will regulate and consolidate all the renewable energy sources in which the country has been lagging development. Albania will also introduce a law about hydrocarbons and building efficiency, which is all a part of Third Energy Package. These laws, among others, will be a push forward in its role in the energy sector of the Balkan and European markets. The participation in TAP and IAP is also showing that Albania is playing an important role by pushing forward these two projects which are very important for Western Europe's countries as well. Albania’s participation in the Energy Community will also be useful for other countries to move forward and to changing the energy sector. Albania is also going to liberalise the consumption market. By moving in that direction, the country will have a free competitive market, which is integrated with other countries. Regional projects and cooperation with neighboring countries: Kosovo, Macedonia, Greece and Italy will put Albania in the role of energy dispatcher, which is distributing energy to regional

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TAP Issues Contract Notice for Italy Onshore Construction, Media Release 25.03.2015

AEI Updates March 2015Posted by Adv. Lorenc Gordani, PhD Wed, March 25, 2015 23:42:46

TAP Issues Contract Notice for Italy Onshore Construction, Media Release

25.03.2015


Baar, Switzerland. Trans Adriatic Pipeline AG (TAP) invites companies to pre-qualify for the construction of the Pipeline Receiving Terminal (PRT) and the installation of onshore pipeline in Italy.

It is intended that the scope of work will cover two lots:

  • The Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) of the PRT and
  • The EPC of an approximately 8-kilometre long, 36-inch diameter high-pressure pipeline, running from the first dry weld at the landfall in Italy to the scraper trap located in the PRT.

The PRT will receive natural gas from the pipeline offshore section and host the supervisory and control centre of TAP. The PRT will be integrated into the surrounding landscape and have limited visual impact on the area. The facility will connect to the Snam Rete Gas network.

Specific details of the contract notice can be found in the Supplement of Official Journal of the EU – Tenders Electronic Daily (TED): link.

The deadline for companies to request the pre-qualification questionnaire is 07.04.2015. Following the selection stage, TAP aims to issue the related Invitations to Tender (ITT) for onshore construction in Italy by 22.04.2015.

Knut Steinar Kvindesland, Procurement Director at TAP said: “With the launch of this pre-qualification notice, TAP is now in the market to secure EPC services for building the pipeline all the way from Kipoi, Greece, through to southern Italy. Our selection process remains transparent, rigorous and with particular an emphasis on meeting Health, Safety and Environment standards as well as a proven commitment to TAP’s zero harm policy.”

For further information on TAP’s procurement process and the contracts that it plans to award, please go to: www.tap-ag.com/project-opportunities/for-companies

If you are a subcontractor and are interested in working for one of the companies that TAP selects for its contracts, please go to www.tap-ag.com/project-opportunities/for-companies/interested-in-working-as-subcontractor to register your details, which will be passed on to companies invited to tender in TAP’s procurement process.



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Albania To Sell State Oil Firm, Offer Oil Blocks by Reuters|Benet Koleka|Tuesday, March 17, 2015

AEI Updates March 2015Posted by Adv. Lorenc Gordani, PhD Wed, March 25, 2015 09:38:19

TIRANA, March 17 (Reuters) - Albania wants to try again to privatise its state oil company this year, and will soon begin offering its blocks for oil and gas exploration, Prime Minister Edi Rama said on Tuesday.

Albania To Sell State Oil Firm, Offer Oil Blocks

by Reuters | Benet Koleka | Tuesday, March 17, 2015



The previous Democratic Party government, which Rama's Socialist-led coalition ousted in June 2013, cancelled the sale two years ago to a private buyer.

"We will end the long-drawn process of the privatisation of the state-owned Albpetrol company this year," Rama said.

"Since the very first day, it was clear to us Albpetrol was an anachronism and a hybrid that could not meet the challenges of the future," he told oil executives.

His audience included representatives of Shell, already active in Albania, Exxon Mobil, BP, Italy's Eni , Austria's OMV and Croatia's INA.

Albpetrol is an upstream company only, having sold its oil refinery four years ago.

Wooing investors, Rama said the government was determined to "secure a favourable regime for the exploration and development of oil and gas", including stabilizing fiscal clauses for the duration of contracts.

Oil and gas reserves are estimated to amount to 400 million tonnes, of which 40 million are easily extractable, Energy Minister Damian Gjiknuri said.

Thirteen onshore and offshore blocks can be explored for oil and gas, Rama and Gjiknuri said. "Very soon we shall start procedures to give the first three blocks for exploration to interested companies," Gjiknuri said.

Albanian law offered attractive fiscal terms during the exploration period, exempting companies from paying Value Added Tax, extending the research period from 5 to 7 years and the production time from 25 to 30 years, Gjiknuri said.

Shell and Calgary, Canada-based Petromanas Energy Inc already operate a well offshore Albania and have said test flows found oil and gas, but are yet to establish its production capacity.

The well is across the Adriatic Sea from Italy's offshore Val d'Agri field which pumps around 85,000 barrels per day.

(Editing by William Hardy)





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Renexpo® Western Balkans, 22nd - 23rd April 2015 Belexpocenter, Belgrade, March 24, 2015

AEI Updates March 2015Posted by Adv. Lorenc Gordani, PhD Tue, March 24, 2015 20:33:28

Renexpo® Western Balkans, 22nd - 23rd April 2015 Belexpocenter, Belgrade

ACERC announce participation as event support of Renexpo Western Balkans

Published: March 24, 2015

Biggest Energy Platform! Albanians and Western Balkans perfect opportunity to present RES and Investment opportunities to 12 countries! There are only 4 more weeks to go, until we open again the doors to the entire Western Balkans at RENEXPO®, 22nd - 23rd of April 2015 at the new location Belexpocenter in Belgrade.

Available projects of the entire region will be presented at the Investors-Business-Lounge for Photovoltaic, Hydro Power, Wind Power, Biomass, Geothermal and Energy Efficiency, which will be accompanied by Finance, Grid and Project Development. Available projects from Albania will be promoted free of charge and introduced to investors!

The GIZ/DKTI-workshop on the subject "Straw Combustion" will show the advantages and saving possibilities in Serbia.

In the Open Forum Industry, Countries, Institutions and Associations will present Renewable Energy. Successful implemented PPP-Projects (Biomass, EE and Street Lighting) in Serbia will be introduced incl. legislation and framework and various companies will present newest technologies and much more. Exhibiting Albanian companies can apply for a presentation free of charge!

In the official opening ceremony, 22nd of April, the New Energy Law in Serbia will be introduced to more than 100 guests from ministries, embassies, trade chambers, associations, banks, industry and institutions, which will be accompanied by international and national media.

Exhibitors from more than 10 countries have already blocked their space. Between them are: General Electric, ABB, Global Hydro Power, Vaptech, Vestas, Enercon, Schnell Motoren AG, Holzenergie Wegscheid, Dive Turbinen, Superlit Romania, ECO Consult (Vamed), Intrade Energija, ATB Sever, Alter Energy, M&D Unit, MVM Ovit, Spaans Babkock, Conveco s.r.l., PORR, GGE, Area Lighting Group, Miboro Pellet, UNDP, Saidel Engineering and many more.

Take advantage of this last opportunity to appear in the TRADE FAIR CATALOGUE! DEADLINE is the 05th of APRIL 2015!

The ALBANIAN-Country-Stand can accommodate 5 exhibiting companies - special participating price per company is only 1150.- € plus VAT. It includes 6m2 rental booth, registration fee, electricity and WiFi, Logo in trade fair catalogue, 1 evening exhibitor ticket and FREE OF CHARGE introduction to investors and partners.

For more contact the organizer or us to put directly in contact with the organizer.



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49 day remained form the 8th Annual Global Pipe Tech Summit on 11th – 12th May 2015, Published: March 24, 2014

AEI Updates March 2015Posted by Adv. Lorenc Gordani, PhD Tue, March 24, 2015 11:41:16

ACERC announce participation in the 8th Annual Global Pipe Tech Summit on 11th - 12th May 2015

Published: March 24, 2014

We are delight to announce the participation at the 8th Annual Global Pipe Tech Summit on 11th – 12th May 2015 that is going also to see the official support of the Albanian Centre for Energy Regulation and Conservation - Acerc. Participation in which among others Acerc will be represented by Project Director Adv. Lorenc Gordani, PhD, giving a contribute with drawing an overview on the crucial issue regard the future developing of the regulatory framework of gas market and infrastructure that interest Western Balkans and the Albanian in their dimension in the Energy Community (EnC).

The 8th Annual Global Pipe Tech Summit on 11th – 12th May 2015, will be held at the Intercontinental Budapest, Budapest, Hungary. The ACERC session will take part at the 11th May 2015 h. 11.30. To view our session as well as the other participants in the conference programme please click here. Please note that the programme is subject to change and the session time may be alter.



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