Azerbaijan to expand gas infrastructure in Albania

Azerbaijan plans to invest significantly in gas infrastructure in Albania amid ongoing expansion into the region’s gas distribution network, Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev said at a geopolitics conference last Thursday, but not everyone is convinced this is a good idea, Euractive reports.

Aliyev made the comments at the fourth Shaping the Geopolitics of Greater Eurasia conference organised by ADA University in the Azerbaijani city of Shusha.

Albania does not currently use any gas, instead relying on hydropower, some solar, and imports of fossil energy. It is, however, home to the Trans Adriatic Pipeline, part of the Southern Gas Corridor (SGC) which passes through large swathes of its territory as it transports gas from Azerbaijan to Europe.

Albania is transitory, but there is no gas distribution network. We are planning to invest a significant amount of money to establish this distribution network

Ilham Aliyev, President of Azerbaijan

Aliyev added that he visited Sofia recently to attend the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on gas transmission, called the Solidarity Ring.

The gas would flow from Azerbaijan to Eastern, Central, and Western Europe through Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary and Slovakia.

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