Greek-North Macedonian gas pipeline decisions imminent

Greek gas grid operator DESFA and its North Macedonian counterpart NOMA Gas are believed to be nearing respective investment decisions for the construction of a natural gas pipeline linking the neighboring countries.

Company officials have been meeting more frequently of late, their most recent session held in Skopje for talks on how to better coordinate funding efforts for the gas pipeline project and to move ahead with tenders concerning its procurement and construction.

DESFA, sources informed, is expected to reach an investment decision by the end of summer, or early September, for the Greek segment of the gas pipeline project, a 55-km stretch starting from Nea Mesimvria in the country’s north.

The Greek gas grid operator is also preparing for tenders concerning pipeline procurement and the project’s construction.

This gas pipeline project promises to diversify the gas supply sources of North Macedonia, currently entirely dependent on its Bulgarian interconnection, experiencing congestion. It will also offer new gas supply routes to the western Balkans.