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.

Acerc
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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ReSPA Tenders: Comparative analysis of lessons learned from recent developments in implementation of PPP projects in Wester Balkans Region

AEI Updates April 2015Posted by Adv. Lorenc Gordani, PhD Thu, April 30, 2015 22:08:34

ReSPA Tenders: Comparative analysis of lessons learned from recent developments in implementation of PPP projects in Wester Balkans Region





ReSPA is conducting a regional study on "Comparative analysis of lessons learned from recent developments in implementation of PPP projects in Western Balkans region". The general objective of the comparative study is to foster PPP market development in WB and to encourage development of common PPP practice in the WB region as well as regional PPP projects. The rationale of this study is to explore to which extent the PPP market is developed in WB countries in terms of regulatory and institutional framework, readiness to conduct procurement procedure and capability for planning and programming. In that sense the main aim of the comparative study is to increase the exposure of PPP public stakeholders to the above mentioned practicalities of PPP projects in order to identify and share findings on practicalities of PPP projects implementation, lessons learned and recommendations.

The study will explicitly take into account the European principles of public administration related to PPP as developed by SIGMA.

ReSPA is intending to engage two lead experts and 6 (six) regional experts from all ReSPA Members and Kosovo*

*Public servants are not eligible to apply

*This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence

For more about below procurement find the here link.

· Procurement notice and ToR for International Lead Expert

· Procurement notice and ToR for Lead review Expert

· Procurement notice and ToR for Regional Expert from Albania

· Procurement notice and ToR for Regional Expert from Bosnia and Herzegovina

· Procurement notice and ToR for Regional Expert from Kosovo*

· Procurement notice and ToR for Regional Expert from Macedonia





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Renewables: business in the Balkans with the European Cooperation 24 April 2015

AEI Updates April 2015Posted by Adv. Lorenc Gordani, PhD Thu, April 30, 2015 15:16:38
Renewables: business in the Balkans with the European Cooperation
24 April 2015





Small and medium Adriatic enterprises, engaged in the sectors of energy saving and renewable energy (RES and RUE), meet and set up a system which is leading to a new path of internationalization. The opportunity arises in Serbia, on the occasion of the "RENEXPO® Western Balkans" Fair of Belgrade, during the business meeting opened with the ALTERENERGY Strategic Project - funded within the IPA Adriatic Cross-border Cooperation Programme 2007-2013.

More than 40 joint business bilateral tables between enterprises and investors for a total of about 200 BtoB, with the involvement of 60 PMIs from Italy, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Greece, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia: "The initiative is unprecedented and provides for the definition of a real chain of small and medium sector firms in the Adriatic, with tangible economic and employment benefits – says Bernardo Notarangelo, Director of Mediterranean Department - Puglia Region - ITALY (ALTERENERGY lead partner) – A strategic project funded by the Territorial Cooperation, another important piece to the great mosaic for the construction of the new Europe: the aim is to strengthen the activated relations and develop new ones, in line with the 20-20-20 objectives of sustainability".

"Improving the knowledge of the territories and the potential of the market - stressed Milos Banjac, representing the Ministry of Energy and Mining of Serbia (project partner) - allows tracing the foundation for broad prospects, particularly significant for the whole Balkan area and the process of Serbia's accession to the European Union. Marco Leone, Director of the Economic-Commercial Office of the Italian Embassy in Belgrade, Artan Leskovicu of the Albanian Agency for natural resources and Ana Rakic of UniCredit Bank Serbia seem to be on the same page. "The enterprises beyond the Adriatic, in fact, seek loudly support in favour of the economic system in the field of sustainable energy - added Giovanni Mafodda, Director of the Institute for Foreign Trade in Belgrade - and already see in the ALTERENERGY Project the springboard for a managerial and productive growth".

Investment opportunities, collaborations and technology transfer: these are the actions provided aside the Business to Business meetings held in the "Renexpo Fair", all planned in consultation with the Chamber of Commerce of Bari and the Internationalization Department of Puglia Region, in collaboration with the Serbian Ministry of Energy and Mining. "The networking built since 2011 with ALTERENERGY testifies today's innovative approach designed for the activation of an Adriatic Community of renewable energies - said Claudio Polignano, project coordinator for Puglia Region - not only to encourage the production context towards new challenges in renewable energy and energy efficiency. This is a test case, in view of additional opportunities offered by the new 2014-20 European programming on the subject of territorial cooperation".

The experimental nature adopted by the Strategic Project Partnership looks ahead, then, and already provides an interesting scenario of the energy market in the Adriatic area. That's why the session of BtoB open in Belgrade did not leave out the deepening of reference contexts at the country partners’ level, particularly in Albania, Serbia and Slovenia.

But the business and investment support does not end here. The more than 100 companies selected by the ALTERENERGY partnership will meet again in late June 2015, this time in Apulia and in an increasingly innovative context for the exchange of best practices. Meanwhile, in order to facilitate the access to new markets of energy efficiency and increase competitiveness, the Mediterranean Department of the Puglia Region already offers two tools: "ALTERENERGY Small and Medium Enterprises Catalogue" and a business scouting service.



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ROME APPROVES TAP'S LANDING POINT April 29th, 2015

AEI Updates April 2015Posted by Adv. Lorenc Gordani, PhD Thu, April 30, 2015 10:42:40
ROME APPROVES TAP'S LANDING POINT
April 29th, 2015




While the Italian government was approving the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) dismissing regional opposition, regulatory authorities in Albania, Greece and Italy released a joint opinion aimed at prolonging the validity period of TAP's exemption from some provisions of the EU Gas Directive, following in the footsteps of the positive opinion expressed by the European Commission and the Energy Community Secretariat.

“TAP continues to comply with all the conditions set out in the exemption decision, as well as European regulation to which our project is subject" Lutz Landwehr, TAP’s Commercial Director, commented in a note.

Also on Wednesday, the pipeline connecting Azerbaijan and Europe overcame the objections presented by Puglia regional governor Nichi Vendola, who opposed the defined landing point over environmental concerns. Vendola said that the central government in Rome approved the TAP project with a landing point at Melendugno.

TAP said that the planned commencement date of Shah Deniz Phase 2 gas exports to Europe is expected in 2020.

In 2013, TAP secured an exemption from certain provisions of the EU Gas Directive [2009/73/EC], including a third party access exemption for the initial capacity of 10 billion cubic meters annually (bcm/a) for gas volumes from Azerbaijan supplied under the relevant Shah Deniz gas sales agreements over a period of 25 years.

Earlier this month, Italian Minister of Economic Development Federica Guidi said that the Cabinet would have granted final authorisation for TAP by the end of May.



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Azerbaijan is only new source of natural gas for Europe, president says 28 APRIL 2015

AEI Updates April 2015Posted by Adv. Lorenc Gordani, PhD Wed, April 29, 2015 23:10:38
Azerbaijan is only new source of natural gas for Europe, president says

28 APRIL 2015, 12:56 (GMT+05:00)





Baku, Azerbaijan, April 28

Trend:

For Europe, Azerbaijan is the only new source of natural gas, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said, speaking at the opening of the 3rd Baku Global Shared Societies Forum in Azerbaijani capital Baku on April 28.

The president said Azerbaijan is playing its important role in diversification of energy supplies

"For 20 years, we're implementing an oil strategy that created an absolutely new energy map in the region," said the president. "We've connected the Caspian Sea and Black Sea, Mediterranean Sea by a multiple oil pipeline systems. Today oil from the Caspian Sea, not only from Azerbaijan, but also from the Eastern shores of the Caspian, is being directed to international markets."

President Aliyev went on to speak about the biggest infrastructure project of Europe, where Azerbaijani again has shown initiative and took the lead.

"The Southern Gas Corridor consists of segments - the development of one of the biggest gas fields in the world Shah Deniz, construction of the new pipeline system to connect Azerbaijan and Georgia, South Caucasian pipeline, Trans-Anatolian pipeline, and Trans Adriatic pipeline, which will be constructed from the Turkish border, through Albania to Italy," Ilham Aliyev said.

He went on to add that Bulgaria is also a part of Azerbaijan's energy policy and if one can look at the Azerbaijan-Georgia-Turkey trilateral format, it has transformed into a much bigger format.

The president noted that the mentioned projects are difficult from a technical point of view, and they require broad coordination and cooperation.

"For that purpose, Azerbaijan in February initiated and held the first advisory board of the Southern Gas Corridor, which allowed all the high-ranking representatives of the countries that I've named, plus the representatives of the U.S. and the EU Commission to address this issue. And we've adopted a joint press statement," President Aliyev said. "The leading role of Azerbaijan is clearly identified."

According to Azerbaijan's plans for 2018-2019, all the mentioned projects must be implemented, he stressed.

"In the coming years, I am sure that the countries of the Balkan region will join our pipeline system. Especially since now in Europe the interconnectors are being built, which we fully support, because Azerbaijan has enormous, huge gas reserves, infrastructure, which is already in the process of construction," the president said.

He reminded that the mentioned projects are not the only part of Azerbaijan's cooperation with Europe.

"We understand that for Europe energy diversification is really the issue of national security and we should treat this issue as that," he said. "Energy security cannot be separated from national security."

Another important issue, as the president said, is the diversification of sources.

"Diversification of routes is also important, but when the source is the same, it doesn't make sense," he said. "I am not trying to say that other sources are not important, not trying to compete with anyone, but other sources are already in action."

The Southern Gas Corridor project envisages transportation of gas from the Caspian region through Georgia and Turkey to Europe. This large project aims at diversifying the routes and sources of energy supply that will enhance the energy security of Europe. The Southern Gas Corridor project will ensure Caspian gas supply to the European markets for the first time in history.

At the initial stage, the gas to be produced as part of the second phase of development of Azerbaijani gas condensate Shah Deniz field is considered as the main source for the Southern Gas Corridor project. At a later stage, other sources may join the project.

The gas to be produced as part of the Stage 2 of the field's development will be exported to Turkey and to the European markets by means of expanding the South Caucasus Pipeline and construction of the Trans-Anatolian Gas Pipeline (TANAP) and the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP). Around six billion cubic meters of the total volume of gas within the Shah Deniz-2 project will be delivered to Turkey and 10 billion cubic meters to Europe per year.

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Albanian Development Fund Procure Urban Works, Note Released on 27 April 2015

AEI Updates April 2015Posted by Adv. Lorenc Gordani, PhD Tue, April 28, 2015 22:43:27

Development Fund Open Procurement on the Urban Qualification City Kukes

Notice Released, 27 April 2015

The Albanian Development Fund (FSHZH) (alias Fondi Shqiptar i Zhvillimit - FSHZH) announces the opening of the procurement procedure on the Urban requalification of the city center, facades, lighting, garden of the City Kukes.

The here procurement will be perform by open procedures with electronic system. The limit fund is established 1,276,372.20 EUR (179,950,035.00 ALL) without the VAT and with the incomes from its operating expenses.

The deadline for completion of the here works is establish within the 6 (six) months with the starting from the date of conclusion of the signing of contract. The prequalification submission deadline is established on 21 May 2015 within the hour 10.00 a.m. and the deadline for opening of the prequalification applications will come within the same timeframe.



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Albania Operator of Electricity Distribution Procure TM Network 20kV, Note Released, 25 April 2015

AEI Updates April 2015Posted by Adv. Lorenc Gordani, PhD Mon, April 27, 2015 13:11:02

Albanian Operator of the Electricity Distribution - OSHEE Open Procurement on the Construction of the TM Network 20kV Paskuqan - Babru No. 2

Notice Released, 25 April 2015

The Albanian Operator of Electricity Distribution (alias Operatori i Shpërndarjes se Energjisë Elektrike - Oshee) announces the opening of the procurement procedure on the construction of the TM Network 20kV Paskuqan - Babrru No. 2.

The here procurement came after the open notice released on 08.04.2015 for the Construction of TM Network 20kV Paskuqan - Babru No. 5 with deadline for the prequalification submission propose the 30 April 2015 and the open notice released, on 15 April 2015 for the Construction of TM Network 20kV Paskuqan - Babru No. 3 with deadline for the prequalification submission propose the 08/05/2015.

The procurement will be perform in framework agreement with open procedures through the electronic system. The limit fund is established 1,589,753.06 EUR (222,145,611.00 ALL) without the VAT and with the incomes from its operating expenses.

The deadline for completion of the here works is establish within the 5 (five) months with the starting from the date of putting in the availability the ground of the construction. The prequalification submission deadline is established on 19 May 2015 within the hour 10.00 a.m. and the deadline for opening of the prequalification applications will come within the same timeframe.



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Western Balkans 6 summit : building networks, connecting people Blog Post by Johannes Hahn - 24 April 2015

AEI Updates April 2015Posted by Adv. Lorenc Gordani, PhD Sun, April 26, 2015 11:26:27

Western Balkans 6 summit : building networks, connecting people

Blog Post by Johannes Hahn - 24 April 2015

It is always a pleasure to receive my counterparts from South East Europe. But having the opportunity to welcome all six Prime Ministers from the Western Balkans countries together in Brussels on the very same day is a special treat indeed.

The Western Balkans Six (WB6) summit, which took place on April 21 at the Commission's headquarters, made this possible. The Prime Ministers of Albania, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro and Serbia and the Chairman of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina had followed my and Commissioner Violeta Bulc's invitation to discuss the central issue of connectivity.

Connectivity is at the very heart of the Commission's concept to reinforce the integration between the individual countries and with the EU, thus driving forward their European perspective through concrete projects. More specifically, it means focusing investments on establishing and improving transport, energy and IKT infrastructure and networks, to strengthen the countries' backbone of competitiveness. And while doing that it also contributes to building bridges in the region developing good neighbourly relations and promotes peace and reconciliation.

The Brussels Summit was a major success. It confirmed the agreement we had reached at the WB6 Ministerial in Pristina last month on core transport networks. In addition, it adopted a joint statement identifying the core networks to be realised as an extension of the TEN-T to Western Balkans. The network corridors listed in the statement comprise road, railway, inland waterways and port infrastructure. This is a major step forward: the improved connectivity within the Western Balkans and with the EU is a key factor for growth and jobs. It will bring clear benefits for citizens in the applicant countries already before accession and open opportunities for EU investors.

But the Western Balkan Six meetings are not only about the economy and infrastructure. Building on the "Berlin process" launched last year, they are an excellent format to bring political leaders of our partner countries together at one table, creating the right atmosphere to bridge different positions. The common work on joint areas like connectivity is in itself a unifying factor. Thus, this summit was not only a success in terms of creating concrete perspectives for the people of the region. It was, above all, a day of connecting people and building bridges between positions in a truly European spirit, to the benefit of all. And on this note, I was really encouraged by the interactions between all the leaders of the Western Balkans 6. There was a genuine respect for each other and it was clear that they have much more interest on working together for their common future, for the things that unite them, rather than discussing the things that divided them in the past.

By the way: I am writing these lines following another Western Balkans meeting this week, the Foreign Ministers meeting in beautiful Brdo/Slovenia, where we focused on enhancing political stability, sectoral cooperation and not least boosting the chances of the region's youth. I am particularly grateful to our Slovenian hosts to emphasize the last point. The young people of South Eastern Europe are tomorrow's leaders who deserve a better future. And what could be more inspiring than having this meeting in a country which itself has undergone an impressive transformation to become a successful member of the European Union, encouraging others to follow this certainly not easy, but crucial strategic path.

Joint statement on core networks as agreed at the WB6 summit in Brussels on 21 April



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Balkan Countries Sign Gas Pipeline Agreement, NEWS23 APR 15

AEI Updates April 2015Posted by Adv. Lorenc Gordani, PhD Sat, April 25, 2015 22:29:34
NEWS23 APR 15Balkan Countries Sign Gas Pipeline Agreement




Bulgaria, Greece and Romania are planning the construction of a new gas corridor in order to reduce dependence on Russian energy deliveries.

Romania

Bucharest

Energy officials from three Balkan countries on Wednesday signed an agreement on the construction of a gas corridor that will interconnect their natural gas networks and will have a capacity of 3-5 billion cubic meters per year.

The vertical gas corridor, which will require a total investment of about 220 million euro and will be operational by 2018, is to contribute to the diversification of gas supply. Most of the gas will come from Azerbaijan and from Greece’s liquefied natural gas terminals.

“We are finally getting a new source of gas because until now we were totally reliant on one source, Russia,” media reported Bulgaria’s Deputy Energy Minister Zhecho Stankov as saying.

The agreement comes as the European Commission on Wednesday sent a Statement of Objections to Russia's energy giant Gazprom, arguing that its business practices in Central and Eastern European gas markets represented an abuse of its dominant market position and broke EU anti-trust rules.

Romania produces about 11 billion cubic metres of gas a year, covering about 75 per cent of its own annual needs. It imports the rest from Russia.

Bulgaria consumes about 3 billion cubic meters of natural gas, 95 percent of which is imported from Russia, and the majority of that comes through Ukraine which is seen as an unreliable transit country. It has been cut off from Russian supplies twice, in 2006 and 2009.

Both countries have been seeking to diversify its gas supply by building interconnection links with neighbours.



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