Minister of Energy and Mining Petar Skundric and Slovak Minister of
Economy Juraj Miskov signed today in Belgrade an agreement on
cooperation in the construction of gas pipeline Aleksandrovac-Novi
The agreement is worth €45 million and the project will be implemented
jointly by Serbian gas company Srbijagas and a Slovak consortium led by
Skundric said after the signing of the
agreement that the elaboration of project documentation and land
expropriation should be completed by the end of the year, and the
construction of the pipeline with the capacity of 100,000 cubic meters
per hour could be completed in two years.
The construction of a
regional gas pipeline from Aleksandrovac, through Brus, to Novi Pazar
and Tutin, including interconnections towards Raska and Leposavic is a
very important project because it will provide clean energy products for
this part of Serbia and enable development of the economy, Skundric
Director General of Srbijagas Dusan Bajatovic
said that the Slovak consortium led by Euroframe should provide
technology and financing through a credit line whose guarantor will be
the Serbian government.
I expect that the talks on how the
project will be carried out will start soon, he noted and added that the
gas pipeline should be high-voltage and 67 kilometres long with 273
millimetre diameter pipes, and that the additional 54 kilometres of the
gas pipeline should be with 219 millimetre diameter pipes.
This project will enable gas supply to Kopaonik mountain, which is a tourist spot.
underlined that this agreement confirms good political cooperation of
Serbia and Slovakia and deepens economic cooperation and added that
cooperation can be expanded since Slovakia can pass its experiences in
economic reforms to Serbia.
Slovakia has fully changed the
structure of its economy and reached a two-digit growth rate. Now the
crisis is behind it and Slovakia records the highest growth in Europe,
The Minister of Energy said that Serbia might
cooperate with Slovakia in the construction of underground gas storage
in Itebej, which should allow for the creation of gas reserves for
Serbia and the region.
Cooperation in renewable energy sources is
also possible since Slovakia has considerable experience in using
biomass and wind energy, Skundric said and added that Slovak companies
are interested in joint use of mineral resources in Serbia.