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27.05.20

Tirana, 27 May 2020, dtt-net.com - The French renewables energy company Voltalia today was awarded a  tender by Albanian government for a 140 MW solar plant.

25.05.20

Tirana, 25 May 2020, dtt-net.com - Cars will be banned to circulate in Albania on Sundays from October 2020 to March 2021 aimed at clean air, Albanian premier Edi Rama announced.

22.05.20

Tirana, 22 May 2020, dtt-net.com – The Trans-Adriatic-Pipeline (TAP) said it has launched the testing phase process in Albania – after completing it in Greece – ahead of first deliveries of the Azerbaijani gas to the EU member states planned by the end of 2020.

21.04.20

Prishtina/Tirana, 21 April 2020, dtt-net.com – The European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENSTO-E) yesterday backed Kosovo leaving Serbia’s grid and joining that of Albania, which would enable power exchanges between Tirana and Prishtina through the a new interconnection grid financed by Germany after several years since its construction blocked by Belgrade so far.

17.03.20

Prishtina, 17 March 2020, dtt-net.com – Contour Global said it’s abandoning the EU criticized lignite-fired power plant project in Kosovo as the new governing coalition of the Prime Minister Albin Kurti is not backing plans which would have made Kosovan state  guarantor of the project and legally binding buyer of electricity, Reuters agency reported.

11.02.20

Brussels/Strasbourg, 10 February 2020, dtt-net.com – The European Parliament (EP) is set to approve Wednesday a list of 55 gas projects, proposed by the European Commission (EC),  to be funded by the EU, which includes the gas interconnection between Bulgaria and Serbia (from Dupnica near Sofia to Nis), making Serbia the only country of the Western Balkans non-EU members to benefit directly from funding of Brussels “priority” interconnection projects on top of Krk LNG terminal in the EU member Croatia.

07.02.20

Podgorica, 07 February 2020, dtt-net.com – The US government is asking Montenegro and other countries of the Western Balkans region to buy its shipped liquefied natural gas (LNG), as the region continues to depend on supplies from Russia and as the EU is failing to help regional countries to connect to the TAP gas pipeline for using Azerbaijan gas.

03.02.20

Brussels, 03 February 2020, dtt-net.com – The left group of lawmakers in the European Parliament (EP) today called on the European Commission (EC) and members of the EU to include Western Balkans six countries in the “New Green Deal” as well, aimed to “improve the health of citizens” and transformation to “a new, green economy” in the region.

 

 

 

31.01.20

Prishtina, 30 January 2020, dtt-net.com -  The EU grant is aimed to improve the environmental performance of the “Kosovo B” coal-fired power plant, country’s largest electricity producer and biggest air polluter.

23.01.20

Brussels/Tirana, 23 January 2020, dtt-net.com – Of initial 10 bcm per year capacity of the EU’s  Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP A.G.) only three member countries (Bulgaria, Greece and Italy) will be using the new gas supply from Azerbaijan as of this year for their consumers, according to the figures of the Swiss-based company, but not Western Balkans countries which complain of European bloc’s failure to finance gas interconnection grid throughout the region at this stage.