Infrastructure

Implementation indicators
 

  • National Competent Authority

    National competent authority

    The Ministry of Infrastructure and Energy, designated as the national competent authority, does not report progress of its PECI and PMIs to the relevant Energy Community working groups and the Secretariat.

  • Manual of procedures

    Manual of procedures

    The manual of procedures has not been published to date.

  • National regulatory authority involvement

    National regulatory authority involvement

    The regulator has not published the methodology and evaluation criteria to be used to evaluate infrastructure investments.

State of compliance

There was no progress in the transposition of Regulation (EU) 347/2013. In November 2018, the Government of Albania approved a decision on the adoption of practices for promoting joint regional investments in energy sector infrastructure, which transposed Regulation (EU) 347/2013. Further actions are necessary to implement all provisions of the Regulation. The national competent authority should publish a manual of procedures for the permit granting process, applicable to Projects of Energy Community Interest, and start reporting on project developments to the corresponding PECI Groups and the Secretariat as soon as possible. Another pending task is the publication by the regulatory authority of the methodology and criteria to be used to evaluate investment in electricity and gas projects and the higher risks incurred by them.

Full implementation of the Regulation in Albania is particularly urgent due to its potential to facilitate the realization of ongoing strategic infrastructure projects, particularly the 400 kV OHL interconnection between Albania and North Macedonia (2018 PECI  EL_02, under construction). The project is expected to improve security of supply and overall operation of the energy system of Albania, as well as positively influence the regional market and its coupling. The same goes for the ongoing preparations for gasification and gas infrastructure projects, especially the ALKOGAP project (proposed 2020 PECI) and the Ionian Adriatic Pipeline (proposed 2020 PMI).