05 July 2012

Stavreski: Successful visit to Russia – Macedonia part of South Stream

Two projects will wrap up construction of gasification network in Macedonia and will enable country to be part of the most significant international gas corridor, Deputy PM and Finance Minister Zoran Stavreski said after the visit to Russia, assessing it as very successful.
- As a result of the latest visit of PM Nikola Gruevski and meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin we have already received an offer by the Russian side, i.e. draft agreement for Macedonia’s joining to ‘South Stream’ which is most important corridor that supplies entire Europe with gas and provides energy stability and security to Macedonia for all future generations. The second project, for which we have already accomplished concrete progress, i.e. we have signed memorandum for cooperation with Stroytransgaz company, which will participate in construction of a national gas pipeline network, we have already firm time frame in which all activities previously prepared will be conducted, Stavreski said.
The projects will provide improvement of competitiveness of Macedonian economy, stable gas supply to Macedonian households and companies thus helping them to get safe energy resource, which will be ecological and cheaper. At the same time it is a step forward in construction of a national gas pipeline network.
- I believe that in the next months we will make additional efforts and to wrap up all activities and to begin the construction of national gas pipeline system by year’s end. Depending on details, it is yet to be determined when the Macedonian leg will be built, but it is important that Macedonia will be part of ‘South Stream,’ Stavreski said.

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