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Energy recovery through investment and modernization Published on : 11 February 2015

AEI Updates October 2014 Posted on Wed, February 18, 2015 18:18:10

Energy recovery through investment and modernization

Published on : 11 February 2015

Albanian citizens have already decided a new way of coexistence with the power system in the country. “Energy Recovery” was the meeting organized by the Operator of the Electricity Distribution in view of the results of January and investment plans for 2015. In implementing mitigation schemes, initiated by the government, the distribution company has increased revenues and improved service.

OSHEE Administrator Adrian Cela said that these schemes that have relieved Albanian families have already confirmed their positive results. Mr. Çela announced that from December 4, when the scheme started being implemented, up on January 31 approximately 138 thousand agreements have been stipulated between the company and household customers. These have led to a significant increase of collection figures.

Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Enterprise Arben Ahmetaj said that success in its implementation is closely related to the awareness of citizens that “the time when people would benefit from not paying electricity consumption is already over”.

Noting the government’s commitment to a new platform for the communication of citizens with state institutions to jointly combat illegality, Interior Minister Samir Tahiri assured that the Ministry of Interior and the State Police fully support every measure taken for the elimination of electricity theft.



The IMF allocates 53 mln euro second and third tranches of EFF to Albania February 6th, 2015

AEI Updates October 2014 Posted on Fri, February 06, 2015 14:26:18

The IMF allocates 53 mln euro second and third tranches of EFF to Albania February 6th, 2015

The International Monetary Fund will allocate to Albania the second and third tranches (53 mln EUR), based on the agreement signed on February 28, 2014. The agreement predicts that the IMF will give a 331 million euro Extended Fund Facility soft loan to Albania for a period of 36 months.

Discussions over the EFF loan held on November 17-25 in 2014 between the Albanian government and the IMF delegation, headed by Nadeem Ilahi and at the end of his visit, Mr. Ilahi declared that the economic plan of Albania is going according to the plan. The discussions closed with the signing of an agreement in institutional level between the IMF representatives and Albanian Ministry of Finances, which set the policies Albania would implement for the allocation of the Extended Fund of Facilities by the IMF.

After their continuous visits to Albania, the IMF delegation evaluated the work done by authorities for the implementation of structural reforms by saying that the latest reforms serve as a reliable basis for the revival of the economy and the maintenance of the financial and macroeconomic stability.

The IMF is expected to allocate an amount of 53 million euro as the second and the third tranches of the EFF loan in the second week of this month.

News source/photo credits: ATA



ContourGlobal potrebbe iniziare la costruzione di una centrale elettrica in Kosovo nel 2016, 05/02/2015

AEI Updates October 2014 Posted on Thu, February 05, 2015 16:59:08

ContourGlobal potrebbe iniziare la costruzione di una centrale a carbone in Kosovo nel corso dei prossimi 18 mesi, il primo grande investimento del paese nel settore energetico dopo decenni, mirando a ridurre la carenza di energia elettrica e creare dei posti di lavoro, secondo un funzionario della società elettrica americana.

Il costo del progetto è stimato a 1,4 miliardi di euro (1,60 miliardi di dollari), con un terzo che sarà finanziato dalla ContourGlobal e il resto attraverso prestiti. La società con sede a New York è stato l’unico offerente per l’impianto di 660 megawatt (MW) per sostituire la centrale di Kosovo A da 40 anni nei paesi balcanici, vista come uno dei peggiori inquinatori in Europa. Garry Levesley, vice presidente esecutivo della ContourGlobal ha detto che se le cose andranno bene, l’installazione potrebbe iniziare tra 18 mesi. Egli ha aggiunto che le due unità della centrale con una capacità di 330 MW ciascuna, potrebbero lanciare le sue operazioni tra il 2020 e il 2021. La durata di vita sarà di 40 anni. Levesley ha detto che circa 10 000 posti di lavoro verrebbero creati durante la costruzione della centrale e darà lavoro a 500 persone, quando sarà operativa. Secondo lui, il progetto ha ricevuto un finanziamento da parte della Banca Mondiale e dall’Unione Europea. Nel 2012, il Kosovo ha venduto la sua società di distribuzione di energia elettrica ad un conglomerato turco. ContourGlobal opera una capacità di generazione elettrica di circa 4000 MW in 20 paesi.

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TAP progresses procurement in 2014 and publishes bidders’ lists to support potential subcontractors, 29 January 2015

AEI Updates October 2014 Posted on Fri, January 30, 2015 16:38:38

TAP progresses procurement in 2014 and publishes bidders’ lists to support potential subcontractors, 29 January 2015

During 2014, Trans Adriatic Pipeline AG (TAP) launched its procurement process for goods and services for the TAP project. This has progressed in 2014, with TAP inviting all and any companies – including those in its host countries (Greece, Italy and Albania) – interested in working for TAP, to take part in the pre-qualification process in order to potentially qualify for the Invitations to Tender (ITTs). During the pre-qualification, TAP assessed all companies who applied against TAP’s list of requirements for each contract. This included assessing relevant experience, capacity, financial standing and the companies’ ability to meet TAP’s high standards on Health, Safety and Environment and demonstrate a zero harm policy.

A summary of the pre-qualification notices in 2014 is listed below:

  • Access roads and bridges in Albania
  • Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) onshore pipeline construction (Albania and Greece)
  • EPC stations (Albania and Greece)
  • Large diameter ball valves
  • Gas turbine turbo compressor units
  • Line pipes and bends onshore

Subsequently, the following ITTs were issued to a number of successful applicants, including companies from TAP’s host countries in Greece, Italy and Albania.

  • Access roads and bridges in Albania
  • EPC onshore pipeline construction (Greece and Albania)
  • EPC stations (Greece and Albania)
  • Large diameter ball valves
  • Gas turbine turbo compressor units

Looking ahead for 2015, TAP plans to issue the ITT for line pipes and bends onshore as well as launch the pre-qualification and invite successful candidates to tender for the following contracts:

  • EPC onshore works in Italy (Pipeline Receiving Terminal station and pipeline)
  • SCADA (Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition) system
  • Engineering, Procurement and Construction Installation (EPCI) offshore pipeline construction
  • Line pipe offshore
  • Fibre optic cable

TAP expects to award the majority of these contracts during the second half of 2015.

Enhancing collaboration between potential subcontractors and TAP’s EPC contractors

TAP has also undertaken a number of activities to facilitate collaboration between TAP’s EPC bidders and potential subcontractors. This includes the hosting of supplier networking events in Greece and Albania in 2014 and 2015 as well as a further event in Italy planned for 2015.

The first of these events was launched in Albania in October 2014 (see here) and was followed by two further events in Greece (see here) and one in Albania (see here) in January 2015. These events brought together pre-qualified bidders and potential subcontractors to network and explore opportunities for collaboration with respect to TAP’s contracts.

In line with the above supplier networking events, TAP has decided to disclose the list of bidders in relation to the below listed contracts, to facilitate potential opportunities for companies interested in working as subcontractors:

  • Access roads and bridges in Albania
    • AKTOR S.A.
    • Joint venture between Gener 2 Sh.p.k and Sicilsaldo S.p.A.
    • Terna S.A.
    • SMK Ulusal Construction and Trade Co. Inc.
    • Alb-Star Ltd.
    • Joint venture between Strabag AG and Trema Engineering 2 Sh.p.k
    • Joint venture between Habau Hoch-und Tiefbaugesellschaft m.b.H and Salillari Ltd.
  • EPC onshore pipeline (Albania and Greece)
    • Joint venture between Punj Lloyd Ltd. and SICIM S.p.A. – for lots in Albania and Greece
    • Joint venture between Nuova Ghizzoni S.p.A., Sicilsaldo S.p.A. and Metka S.A. – for lots in Albania and Greece
    • Joint venture between Max Streicher GmbH & Co. KG aA, Denys plc and Terna S.A. – for lots in Albania and Greece
    • Joint venture between Bonatti S.p.A. and J&P-Avax S.A. – for lots in Albania and Greece
    • Spiecapag – for lots in Albania and Greece
    • China Petroleum Pipeline Bureau – for lots in Albania and Greece
    • Saipem S.p.A. – for lots in Albania and Greece
    • Consolidated Contracting Engineering & Procurement S.A.L.-Offshore – for lots in Albania
    • Sinopec International Petroleum Service Corporation – for lot in Albania
    • Joint venture between PPS Pipeline Systems GmbH and Habau Hoch-und Tiefbaugesellschaft m.b.H. – for lot in Albania
  • EPC stations (Albania and Greece)
    • Joint venture between Renco SPS and Terna S.A. – for lots in Albania and Greece
    • Max Streicher GmbH & Co. KG aA – for lot in Albania
    • Joint venture between APS Engineering C. Roma S.p.A. and Progetti Europa & Global S.p.A. – for lot in Greece
    • Joint venture between ABB S.p.A. and J&P-Avax S.A. – for lots in Albania and Greece
    • Punj Lloyd Ltd. – for lots in Albania and Greece
    • Rheinmetall International Engineering GmbH – for lots in Albania and Greece

TAP has also created an online registration platform on its website, where potential subcontractors interested in working for one of TAP’s contractors can register their details. TAP encourages suppliers to use the online registration tool and will share the contact details of registered suppliers with the relevant EPC bidders /contractors. The registration tool can be found by clicking on the following link: http://www.tap-ag.com/project-opportunities/for-companies/interested-in-working-as-subcontractor



Greece halts energy privatisations, cozies up to Russia by Kostis Geropoulos 28.01.2015

AEI Updates October 2014 Posted on Thu, January 29, 2015 13:46:30

Greece halts energy privatisations, cozies up to Russia

by

Kostis Geropoulos

28.01.2015

ATHENS – The new Greek government will not proceed with any energy privatisations, Greece’s new Production Reconstruction, Environment and Energy Minister Panagiotis Lafazanis, said during a crowded handover ceremony on January 28 in Athens.

“I’m talking about privatisations that are in process. There is no privatisation that will move forward in the field of energy,” he said, eluding a question about Greek natural gas grid operator DESFA that was sold to Azerbaijan’s SOCAR pending EU approval.

“We will support public companies as public companies and we will try to change their orientation. We will work more efficiently, more productively towards the social interest, towards the productive interest of the country and especially help the general reconstruction and exit from the crisis.”

Lafazanis, however, made it crystal clear that the planned privatization of Greece’s biggest power producer PPC, electricity grid operator ADMIE, and Hellenic Petroleum would be halted.

Signaling a change in regional energy politics, Lafazanis also slammed yesterday’s Statement of Heads of State and Government of the EU “that criticisedRussia using Cold War rhetoric and prepared the ground for fresh sanctions”. “We don’t want decisions to be taken in absentia,” he said, accusing the EU of taking advantage of the government changeover in Greece to issue the statement without consulting Athens.

“This example is important because it’s connected to the domestic and international energy relations of our country. The international energy relations of our country will become multi-leveled and multi-facetted,” he said. “We will not be anyone’s satellite. Greece in its international energy relations – this is not addressed to anyone – will move exclusively taking into account its national interest, the public interest, the development interest of the country, the popular interest,” he said.

Lafazanis also stressed the importance of developing Greece’s renewable energy sector, including photovoltaic, and pledged to help support especially the small renewable energy producers.



‘Good regulations, alliances, and partnerships are key to the success of licensing rounds’ – stated oil leaders last week in London

AEI Updates October 2014 Posted on Thu, January 29, 2015 11:37:52

Global Summits Organiser International Research Networks (IRN)
recently hosted the high-level Oil & Gas International Licensing 2015
Summit at the Landmark Hotel in London on 20-21st January 2015. The Summit
attracted more than 80 delegates from international companies as well as
Ministerial delegation, and hydrocarbon agencies representatives from Mexico,
Colombia, Turkey, Western Australia, Malaysia, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda,
Ecuador, Nigeria, Mali, Newfoundland, Nicaragua, Iceland, Argentina, and
several others.

London
(PRWEB UK) 29 January 2015

Global
Summits Organiser International Research Networks (IRN) recently hosted the
high-level Oil & Gas International Licensing 2015 Summit at the Landmark
Hotel in London on 20-21st January 2015. The Summit attracted more than 80
delegates from international companies as well as Ministerial delegation, and
hydrocarbon agencies representatives from Mexico, Colombia, Turkey, Western
Australia, Malaysia, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, Ecuador, Nigeria, Mali,
Newfoundland, Nicaragua, Iceland, Argentina, and several others.

Guillermo
I. García-Alcocer, Head of Policies for Exploration and Extraction of Hydrocarbons
at the Ministry of Energy of Mexico, opened the event with an update on
Mexico’s energy reform and how it will be implemented in the coming months. He
referred to Mexico’s hundred years of E&P history in his speech, mentioning
that although the country doesn’t possess the latest technologies, it benefits
from a good supply of crude oil.

Presentations
were given by Selami Incedalci, General Manager of Petroleum Affairs at the
Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources of Turkey, and Dorina Cinari, Director
of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) of Albania, who
both discussed the necessity to provide a stable, transparent and objective
environment for investors through licensing systems.

Seismic
data was a key point of discussion by experts in the fields, as well as Gold
Sponsor Spectrum ASA, and Exhibitor Sponsor Proseis AG. The latter two gave an
overview of a licensing round from the Seismic partner perspective, including
several global examples, and explained that ‘in the end, it’s all about G&G
– geology and geophysics.’

The first
day of the Summit also included insightful presentations by Richard Riordan,
Trade and Investment Manager at the Government of Western Australia, who
presented on the acreage release process of oil and gas titles, reminding
potential investors that Western Australia’s current Licensing Round is closing
this year with only a short time left for new bids; and by Thorarinn Sveinn
Arnarson, Hydrocarbon Exploration Manager at the National Energy Authority of
Iceland, who stressed the importance of seeking feedback from unsuccessful
rounds and use the lessons learned to attract more international investors, as
Iceland did, particularly by improving licensing terms.

The
delegation of the Summit then went onto pursue business conversations with
international oil and gas thought leaders during the Champagne Reception. The
evening pleasantly continued with a prestigious private Gala Dinner.

The second
day began with the Chairman Richard Moreton, Executive Director at Ardent Oil,
giving examples on successful licensing rounds worldwide. This was followed by
a talk from Petronas, given by Salina Safiullah, Manager of the Block Promotion
Basin Assessment and Promotion Petroleum Resource Exploration. She assessed
effective methods to promote licensing rounds, specifying that ‘[they] are
still learning’.

Platinum
Sponsor Nalcor Energy, represented by Jim Keating, Vice President Oil and Gas,
presented on the exploration plans and activities in Canada’s next energy
frontier, offshore Newfoundland and Labrador. Mr Keating shared early insights
from Nalcor’s exploration strategy, including global analogues from some of the
world’s leading oil and gas discoveries.

Later that
day, Dritan Spahiu, Director of Policies and Development of Hydrocarbons at the
Ministry of Energy and Industry of Albania addressed the industry crisis,
stating that the current situation of oil price concerns Production Companies,
which shouldn’t affect Albania, that is currently in an extensive Exploration
phase. He then added ‘Albania has very high potential in crude oil, it is very
positive for investors’ and invited the audience to join the Albania Oil, Gas
& Energy 2015 Summit in a few weeks, where more details around the
opportunities will be unveiled.

Additionally,
the second day featured a Panel Discussion moderated by Gold Sponsor Zebra Data
Sciences, along with the National Energy Authority of Iceland, Petronas, Petra
Petroleum, Ardent Oil UK and the Ministry of Energy and Industry of Albania.
The oil and gas leaders debated on how effective marketing campaigns can lead
to successful licensing rounds. Delegates in attendance learned that virtual
data rooms and the use of multimedia facilities enable maximum outreach to
effectively market a licensing round; and that uncertainty, such as
rule-changing mid-way through the negotiation process, or unrealistic
timeframes, are a ‘no-go’ for application process.

The last
presentation of the Licensing Summit was given by Richard Moreton, Executive
Director at Ardent Oil UK. He presented a small exploration company’s
perspective on licensing round reality checks. Petra Petroleum’s CEO, Robert A.
Lambert, joined him in emphasising that ‘smaller IOCs generate strong ideas and
invest in new opportunities’.

Amongst
the companies that attended the Summit were BG Group, BP, Dentons, Dolphin
Geophysical, the Embassy of Colombia, Empresa Nicaraguense del Petroleo,
Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative of Albania, Hydrocarbons
Secretariat of the Government of Western Australia, Inter-Continental des
Services, ION Geophysical, Jardfeingi, Lyme Bay Consulting, Lynx Information
System, the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development of Uganda, the Ministry
of Energy and Natural Resources of Turkey, the Ministry of Energy of Mexico,
the Ministry of Mines of Mali, MultiClient Geophysical ASA, Nalcor Energy, the
National Energy Authority of Iceland, Orca Exploration UK Services, Petronas,
Proseis, Sasol Exploration & Production International, Searcher Seismic
Pty, Spectrum Geo Limited, Statoil, the Petroleum Regulatory Agency of Nigeria,
the Western Australia Department of Mines and Petroleum and Zebra Data
Sciences.

More
information on the second edition of the Oil & Gas International Licensing
Summit next year, is available athttp://www.irn-international.com or upon subscription to IRN
newsletter. Documentation and presentations are available for purchase for
those that did not attend.



Enso Hydro extended deadline for HPP construction Mat

AEI Updates October 2014 Posted on Sat, October 18, 2014 15:47:35

AEM notice on October 18, 2014

Enso Hydro extended deadline for HPP construction Mat

Posted on October 13, 2014

13/10 – Austrian hydropower development company “Enso Hydro”
has announce that it extended the deadline of the offer for the construction
of three small HPP with capacity of 38.12 MW on river-Mat. Bids are open until
31st October 2014.

For any
information, please take contact directly with the “Enso Hydro”.

N.B. Please note that this report in not exhaustive. For more see: http://energjia.al/2014/10/13/zgjatet-afati-per-hec-et-e-matit/

The original language of the article is in Albanian.