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Acerc
main activities briefly consists in build-up collaborations and supports to market players in study researches such as the certificate reports, articles and periodicals. The transfer of high expertise through building-up institutional capacities by national and regional training courses, seminars and conferences. The institutional representation and integration within framework of the forum of Albanian School of Regulation.

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Albanian Power Corporation (KESH sh.a.) announces service delivery on Construction of the territory of HEC Fierzë. Notice Released, 30/03/2015

AEI Updates March 2015 Posted on Tue, March 31, 2015 22:51:33

Albanian Power Corporation (KESH sh.a.) announces service delivery on Construction
of the territory of HEC Fierzë.

Notice Released, 30/03/2015

Albanian
Power Corporation (KESH sh.a.) Hydropower Production Unit Fierzë announces delivery
service on “Construction of the siege and lighting of the territory of HEC
Fierzë. Type of procurement will be by open procedures with electronic means.

Limit
Fund 384,848 EUR (55,000,000 ALL) without VAT, with funding source income KESH
sh.a. The contract will be implemented within a period of five (5) months from
the date of its signing.

Request
for prequalification submission deadline 24/04/2015 within the hour 10:00 and
deadline for opening of prequalification application within the same moment.



Albanian Operator of Electricity Distribution (OSHEE) announces service delivery on the print service Notice Released, 03.26.2015

AEI Updates March 2015 Posted on Sun, March 29, 2015 13:12:27

Albanian Operator of Electricity Distribution (OSHEE) announces service
delivery on the print service

Notice Released, 03.26.2015

Albanian
Operator of Electricity Distribution (OSHEE) announces service delivery on the print
service for its needs (REF-89840-03-25-2015). Type of procurement will be by
open procedures and electronic means.

Limit
Fund 293,801 EUR (42,124,000 ALL) without VAT, with funding source income OSHEE
sh.a. Deadline for delivery of goods will come according to standard tender
documents.

Request
for prequalification submission deadline 17.04.2015 within the hour 10:00 and
deadline for opening of prequalification application within the same moment.



Hahn: EU Allocated EUR 1 Bln For Balkans Published: Mar 25, 2015 at 12:14 pm

AEI Updates March 2015 Posted on Sat, March 28, 2015 00:21:03

Hahn: EU Allocated EUR 1 Bln For Balkans
Published: Mar 25, 2015 at 12:14 pm
PRISTINA – The informal meeting of ministers of foreign affairs and ministers of transport of countries in the region began in Pristina on Wednesday and Serbia is represented by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure Zorana Mihajlovic and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivica Dacic.

The conference will cover tangible economic projects of regional character with a special emphasis on investments in infrastructure which can be realised from EU funds aimed at the development of the Western Balkans.

The third meeting between ministers in the region will take place in Pristina without display of national symbols and the meeting will be headed by Kosovo Minister of Foreign Affairs Hasim Taci.

The conference gathers ministers of foreign affairs and infrastructure of the Western Balkan region and European Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn, and European Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc will address the participants through a video call.

The conference is also attended by Head of the EU Delegation in Serbia Michael Davenport.

Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn announced in Pristina on Wednesday that the EU will allocate one billion euros for the promotion of infrastructure in the Western Balkan countries.

Projects in the fields of infrastructure, transport and energy are crucial for economic development, attraction of new investments and creation of jobs, Hahn underlined at an informal conference of ministers of regional countries in Pristina on Wednesday.

As early as in 2015, EUR 100 million will be granted from the IPA funds in form of investments.

The Western Balkan countries need to adopt a common transport policy, Hahn said, adding that the European funds are limited and every euro will have to be spent shrewdly.

He said that the EU will help the regional countries to successfully realize these projects and continue to help them in the implementation of the reforms.



ALBANIAN ECONOMY TO FLUORISH WITH TAP, OFFICIALS SAY March 26th, 2015

AEI Updates March 2015 Posted on Thu, March 26, 2015 09:18:08

ALBANIAN
ECONOMY TO FLUORISH WITH TAP, OFFICIALS SAY

March 26th, 2015

Albanian government officials have gone on record to promote the Trans
Adriatic Pipeline (TAP), stating it will be a good investment for Albania and
its economy.

All the necessary documentation for
building this project, which will transport gas from the Caspian Basin through
Turkey, Greece and Albania before reaching the coast of Southern Italy, is
ready with construction expected to start in 2016.

The construction of TAP is not expected
to significantly impact the EU’s move to reduce dependency on Russian supply;
however, it will have an important bearing on the economies of states in
southeastern Europe including EU member Greece.

Natural Gas Europe has
the opportunity to receive the views of Ilir Bejtja, Deputy Minister of Energy
& Resources of Albania
on
the TAP project and natural gas in Albania.

”This is the opportunity for
gasification of the country. Albania will have three connection points for
natural gas and this will give us the opportunity to play a key role for
supplying Balkan states”, commented the Deputy Minister.

He emphasised that the country will
reduce the use of electrical energy, which is now the only source of energy in
the country, adding that all political forces in Albania are in consensus on
this matter.

Albania plays a key role in the
development of the Southern Gas Corridor through the passage of the TAP
pipeline. What has Albania done so far regarding the building of TAP and what
is it planning to do in the future?

“We have already fulfilled previous
obligations, including voting in parliament, voting on the project and track of
TAP and – as far I know – we have also concluding the tender for the building
of a road for the construction of the pipeline. The government of Albania is
also in the process of issuing licences for building TAP. So far, there
are no obstacles to report for this project. Albania will have three connection
points for natural gas, and this will give them the opportunity to play a key
role for supplying Balkan states which are related to Ionian Adriatic Pipeline
with natural gas, and they will get the chance to benefit from their resources
and their own production. Albania now only has one source of energy: electricity.
With the building of TAP, Albania will have the opportunity not to depend on
only one source of energy. This will make it possible for the economy to
grow at a quicker rate.

What are the characteristics of the
Albanian segment of TAP and how will the building of this pipeline impact the
country’s economy?

“The pipeline section is 217
kilometers long, there will be three gas connection points, it will involve
about 2,000 workers and it is estimated that around 500 million euros will
enter the Albanian economy in terms of work, facilities, taxes, etc. Many
domestic companies will be involved in the project. For example, there is
now one Albanian-Italian joint venture which will be doing the work on
infrastructure for the pipeline. Another benefit will be diversification of
energy sources through the gasification of the country. Houses will finally
have the opportunity to use gas for personal use. It will also be a part of
Albania’s regulatory framework for energy. In general, this will have a big impact
on Albania’s economy since this is one of the biggest energy projects in the
country. With this project, it became possible to forge new
relationships. Albania is now working with Azerbaijan in order to benefit both
countries from this cooperation”.

Is there a full political support for
building this pipeline in Albania?

“Yes, it has the consensus of all
political parties. This project was not initiated by the Socialist party which
is now in power, but the former ruling establishment. That being said, the new
government has supported this project because it is in the best interests of
the country”.

At the latest meeting with the officials
from Azerbaijan, you agreed that a special working group be formed to undertake
a master plan for developing Albania’s gas market. Can you tell us more
specifically what this master plan will bring to Albania?

“Right now the country is focused
on gas distribution for final consumption in Albania. It is about gasification
of the country, which means that the natural gas should come to all areas where
it was never before. That means urban areas, industrial areas and in that way
the country will increase consumption of gas and reduce consumption of electric
energy, impacting directly on projects heavily dependent on energy efficiency.
Consumption of electric energy is very much dependent on weather conditions. By
having another source of energy that is constant means that Albania will have
much more energy. The government plans to redistribute and reallocate
investments in this sector and transport it to other sectors which have been
left behind because of a lack of funds. That is the main reason behind the
creation of the master plan. Albania will consider how to develop this master
plan through projects which will be financed from the state budget and from
partnership funds.”

In 2014, Albania started implementing a
package of reforms in the energy sector. What has been done so far?

“Albania has done a great deal of
work. To provide a bit of background, in 2013, Albania started with a loss of
217 million dollars in its energy sector. In 2014, this number is planned to be
reduced to 180 million dollars. But Albania has moved further: debt has been
reduced to 45 million dollars. We achieved this through a series of actions, regulations
and modifications. That number will be even smaller by the end of this year.
The government is working to change the situation further and to contribute to
the state budget in the future and not to take any more money from the budget
like it has so far. This year, it is planned to finance the state budget with
about 130 million dollars of support. At the end of the year, Albania will
definitely be at zero and only contribute to the budget in order to improve its
negative account that has been dragging for years. The situation will be quite
different. This will help the country to increase its investments in the energy
sector and to be much more confident with its relationships with banks and
other financial institutions and partners. I do not not believe Albania will be
super energy force, but will be positive contributor”.

Albania has also taken over the
chairmanship of the Energy Community, on January 1. 2015. What will be the
goals that the country will try to achieve in the period of one year and where
does the country currently stand when it comes to Third Energy package reforms
of EU?

“Very
soon, Albania will have a new laws. The basic law in the power sector will
regulate and consolidate all the renewable energy sources in which the country
has been lagging development. Albania will also introduce a law about
hydrocarbons and building efficiency, which is all a part of Third Energy
Package. These laws, among others, will be a push forward in its role in the
energy sector of the Balkan and European markets. The participation in TAP and
IAP is also showing that Albania is playing an important role by pushing
forward these two projects which are very important for Western Europe’s
countries as well. Albania’s participation in the Energy Community will also be
useful for other countries to move forward and to changing the energy sector.
Albania is also going to liberalise the consumption market. By moving in that
direction, the country will have a free competitive market, which is integrated
with other countries. Regional projects and cooperation with neighboring
countries: Kosovo, Macedonia, Greece and Italy will put Albania in the role of
energy dispatcher, which is distributing energy to regional



TAP Issues Contract Notice for Italy Onshore Construction, Media Release 25.03.2015

AEI Updates March 2015 Posted on Wed, March 25, 2015 23:42:46

TAP Issues Contract
Notice for Italy Onshore Construction, Media Release

25.03.2015

Baar, Switzerland. Trans Adriatic Pipeline AG (TAP) invites companies to pre-qualify for the construction of the Pipeline Receiving Terminal (PRT) and the installation of onshore pipeline in Italy.

It is intended that the scope of work will cover two lots:

  • The Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) of the PRT and
  • The EPC of an approximately 8-kilometre long, 36-inch diameter high-pressure pipeline, running from the first dry weld at the landfall in Italy to the scraper trap located in the PRT.

The PRT will receive natural gas from the pipeline offshore section and host the supervisory and control centre of TAP. The PRT will be integrated into the surrounding landscape and have limited visual impact on the area. The facility will connect to the Snam Rete Gas network.

Specific details of the contract notice can be found in the Supplement of Official Journal of the EU – Tenders Electronic Daily (TED): link.

The deadline for companies to request the pre-qualification questionnaire is 07.04.2015. Following the selection stage, TAP aims to issue the related Invitations to Tender (ITT) for onshore construction in Italy by 22.04.2015.

Knut Steinar Kvindesland, Procurement Director at TAP said: “With the launch of this pre-qualification notice, TAP is now in the market to secure EPC services for building the pipeline all the way from Kipoi, Greece, through to southern Italy. Our selection process remains transparent, rigorous and with particular an emphasis on meeting Health, Safety and Environment standards as well as a proven commitment to TAP’s zero harm policy.”

For further information on TAP’s procurement process and the contracts that it plans to award, please go to: www.tap-ag.com/project-opportunities/for-companies

If you are a subcontractor and are interested in working for one of the companies that TAP selects for its contracts, please go to www.tap-ag.com/project-opportunities/for-companies/interested-in-working-as-subcontractor to register your details, which will be passed on to companies invited to tender in TAP’s procurement process.



Albania To Sell State Oil Firm, Offer Oil Blocks by Reuters|Benet Koleka|Tuesday, March 17, 2015

AEI Updates March 2015 Posted on Wed, March 25, 2015 09:38:19

TIRANA, March 17 (Reuters) – Albania wants to try again to privatise its state oil company this year, and will soon begin offering its blocks for oil and gas exploration, Prime Minister Edi Rama said on Tuesday.

Albania To Sell State Oil Firm, Offer Oil Blocks

by Reuters | Benet Koleka | Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The previous Democratic Party government, which Rama’s Socialist-led coalition ousted in June 2013, cancelled the sale two years ago to a private buyer.

“We will end the long-drawn process of the privatisation of the state-owned Albpetrol company this year,” Rama said.

“Since the very first day, it was clear to us Albpetrol was an anachronism and a hybrid that could not meet the challenges of the future,” he told oil executives.

His audience included representatives of Shell, already active in Albania, Exxon Mobil, BP, Italy’s Eni , Austria’s OMV and Croatia’s INA.

Albpetrol is an upstream company only, having sold its oil refinery four years ago.

Wooing investors, Rama said the government was determined to “secure a favourable regime for the exploration and development of oil and gas”, including stabilizing fiscal clauses for the duration of contracts.

Oil and gas reserves are estimated to amount to 400 million tonnes, of which 40 million are easily extractable, Energy Minister Damian Gjiknuri said.

Thirteen onshore and offshore blocks can be explored for oil and gas, Rama and Gjiknuri said. “Very soon we shall start procedures to give the first three blocks for exploration to interested companies,” Gjiknuri said.

Albanian law offered attractive fiscal terms during the exploration period, exempting companies from paying Value Added Tax, extending the research period from 5 to 7 years and the production time from 25 to 30 years, Gjiknuri said.

Shell and Calgary, Canada-based Petromanas Energy Inc already operate a well offshore Albania and have said test flows found oil and gas, but are yet to establish its production capacity.

The well is across the Adriatic Sea from Italy’s offshore Val d’Agri field which pumps around 85,000 barrels per day.

(Editing by William Hardy)



Renexpo® Western Balkans, 22nd – 23rd April 2015 Belexpocenter, Belgrade, March 24, 2015

AEI Updates March 2015 Posted on Tue, March 24, 2015 20:33:28

Renexpo® Western
Balkans, 22nd – 23rd April 2015 Belexpocenter, Belgrade

ACERC announce participation as event support of Renexpo Western Balkans

Published:
March 24, 2015

Biggest Energy
Platform! Albanians and Western Balkans perfect opportunity to present RES and
Investment opportunities to 12 countries! There are only 4 more weeks to go,
until we open again the doors to the entire Western Balkans at RENEXPO®, 22nd –
23rd of April 2015 at the new location Belexpocenter in Belgrade.

Available projects of
the entire region will be presented at the Investors-Business-Lounge for
Photovoltaic, Hydro Power, Wind Power, Biomass, Geothermal and Energy
Efficiency, which will be accompanied by Finance, Grid and Project Development.
Available projects from Albania will be promoted free of charge and introduced
to investors!

The GIZ/DKTI-workshop
on the subject “Straw Combustion” will show the advantages and saving
possibilities in Serbia.

In the Open Forum
Industry, Countries, Institutions and Associations will present Renewable
Energy. Successful implemented PPP-Projects (Biomass, EE and Street Lighting)
in Serbia will be introduced incl. legislation and framework and various
companies will present newest technologies and much more. Exhibiting Albanian
companies can apply for a presentation free of charge!

In the official opening
ceremony, 22nd of April, the New Energy Law in Serbia will be introduced to
more than 100 guests from ministries, embassies, trade chambers, associations,
banks, industry and institutions, which will be accompanied by international
and national media.

Exhibitors from more
than 10 countries have already blocked their space. Between them are: General
Electric, ABB, Global Hydro Power, Vaptech, Vestas, Enercon, Schnell Motoren
AG, Holzenergie Wegscheid, Dive Turbinen, Superlit Romania, ECO Consult
(Vamed), Intrade Energija, ATB Sever, Alter Energy, M&D Unit, MVM Ovit,
Spaans Babkock, Conveco s.r.l., PORR, GGE, Area Lighting Group, Miboro Pellet,
UNDP, Saidel Engineering and many more.

Take advantage of this
last opportunity to appear in the TRADE FAIR CATALOGUE! DEADLINE is the 05th of
APRIL 2015!

The
ALBANIAN-Country-Stand can accommodate 5 exhibiting companies – special
participating price per company is only 1150.- € plus VAT. It includes 6m2
rental booth, registration fee, electricity and WiFi, Logo in trade fair
catalogue, 1 evening exhibitor ticket and FREE OF CHARGE introduction to
investors and partners.

For more contact the organizer
or us to put directly in contact with the organizer.



49 day remained form the 8th Annual Global Pipe Tech Summit on 11th – 12th May 2015, Published: March 24, 2014

AEI Updates March 2015 Posted on Tue, March 24, 2015 11:41:16

ACERC announce participation in the 8th Annual Global Pipe Tech Summit
on 11th – 12th May 2015

Published: March 24, 2014

We are delight to announce the participation
at the 8th Annual
Global Pipe Tech Summit
on 11th – 12th May 2015 that is going also to see the official support of the Albanian Centre
for Energy Regulation and Conservation – Acerc.
Participation in which among others Acerc
will be represented by Project Director Adv. Lorenc Gordani, PhD, giving a
contribute with drawing an overview on
the crucial issue regard the future developing of the regulatory framework of gas
market and infrastructure that interest Western Balkans and the Albanian in their
dimension in the Energy Community (EnC).

The 8th Annual Global Pipe Tech
Summit on 11th – 12th May 2015, will be held at the Intercontinental Budapest,
Budapest, Hungary. The ACERC session will take part at the 11th May 2015 h.
11.30. To view our session as well as the other participants in the conference
programme please click here.
Please note that the programme is subject to change and the session time may be
alter.



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