By Adnan Prekic – Podgorica
Montenegro is one of the few countries without an organized system of pipelines. As such, the use of the fuel is limited only to individual users. In cooperation with experts from the European Union the Montenegrin government is planning to rectify this situation by starting drafting the analysis that will show which is the best way for the widespread use of this energy source.
The European Union has launched a new project to start the process of supplying Montenegro with natural gas. As explained in the Delegation of the EU, it is the beginning of a long-term process that will contribute to a cleaner environment, and will improve the quality of energy supply in the country. The first meeting on the project was held today in the government.
Gas consumption in Montenegro is currently limited to the use of gas cylinders. “The latest EU project will boost the assessment of necessary conditions for gas and create a comprehensive plan for the supply of Montenegrin citizens with cleaner and more accessible energy – use of natural gas”, it is said in the statement of the EU Delegation to Montenegro.
This is the beginning of a long-term process – which with its unfolding- will contribute to a cleaner environment, and will improve the quality of energy supply in Montenegro. “A team of experts is sent to Montenegro to prepare the first study on the possibility of introducing a system for supply throughout Montenegro. The European Commission has allocated EUR 500,000 to fund the study”, the EU Delegation said.
This study is the Master plan for the development of gas and the portfolio to identify a priority investment project in Montenegro in that regard. The study was commissioned by the European Investment Bank (EIB) under the Investment Framework for the Western Balkans (WBIF) and will be implemented by COWI-IPF Consortium. This project is implemented at the request of the Ministry of Economy, under the auspices of the Investment Framework for the Western Balkans with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), which can be a potential financier for priority projects and will be involved in the preperation of the study.