Greek-North Macedonian gas pipeline negotiations

The companies NER from North Macedonia and DESFA from Greece intensified their negotiations in order to coordinate the activities and start the construction works for the natural gas interconnector between the two countries.

According to the same information, last week a meeting was held in Skopje between the representatives of the two companies, and the project is in an advanced stage of licensing and the investment decision is awaited. 

At the end of October last year, the Minister of Environment and Energy of Greece Kostas Skrekas said that the market testing for the gas pipeline with North Macedonia was completed, which is estimated to be finalized by the middle of 2025 and it is a system that will be 100 percent ready for hydrogen transport.

The natural gas interconnector between North Macedonia and Greece is planned to be 123 kilometers long and stretch from Nea Mesimvria to Negotino via Gevgelija and connect the two national natural gas transmission systems.

The initial capacity will be 1.5 billion cubic meters per year, with the possibility of expansion up to three billion cubic meters per year, and studies have been conducted in order for the gas pipeline to have adequate specifications for hydrogen transport.

In October 2016, the Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the National Energy Resources (NER) of North Macedonia and the National Gas Transmission Operator of Greece (DESFA).

A little less than five years later, the two countries signed an agreement at the political level, and in October 2021, the CEOs of the two companies signed the cooperation agreement for the development and construction of the natural gas interconnector. 

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