State of compliance
The implementation status of the gas acquis has unfortunately stagnated for the second reporting period in a row. However, the recent action by the Government to finally resolve the long-standing dispute with the private supplier Makpetrol, brokered by the Secretariat’s Dispute Resolution and Negotiation Centre, will allow the establishment of an unbundled transmission system operator. The issue was finally settled by the transfer of Makpetrol’s shares in GA-MA, a company operating as transmission system operator between the North Macedonian- Bulgarian border and Skopje, to the Government.
The establishment of a functional transmission system operator should ultimately unlock progress on other pending issues, such as the proper implementation of the Network Codes, related to capacity allocation, congestion management, tariffs, balancing, interoperability and cooperation with neighbouring transmission system operators. In July 2021, North Macedonia and Greece signed an agreement for the construction of a gas interconnector of 1,5 Bcm annual capacity. The final investment decision is expected to be taken by early 2022.
The company Nacionalni Energetski Resursi continues to make progress in constructing new transmission infrastructure, despite delays caused by the Covid-19 lockdown. Two sections, Klecovice - Negotino and Negotino - Bitola, are expected to be finished by the end of 2021. Once finalised, these pipelines will be integrated into the single national transmission grid.