Kosovo rejects US-funded gas pipeline proposal – Exit
The government of Kosovo has spoken out against a project proposed and partially funded by the US Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) to build a pipeline connecting the country to an existing pipeline in North Macedonia.
Economy Minister Artane Rizvanolli announced the news on Thursday, explaining that the government lacked information to build confidence that such a project would be the best option for Kosovo’s energy transition. She added that the deadline set by MCC did not allow for a longer review of the project.
The U.S. agency had pledged around $ 200 million for the gas pipeline project, while the rest of the funds would be provided by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the Western Balkans Investment Framework (WBIF), according to a spokesperson for the American embassy. in Pristina cited by Voice of America.
The project would give Kosovo the option of using liquefied gas until it has access to hydrogen, the spokesperson added.
Opposition parties in Kosovo criticized the government’s decision. The Democratic League of Kosovo called it a “strategic error” which “goes against the interests of the Albanians in the region”. The Alliance for the Future of Kosovo, led by former Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj, said that “the rejection of the US gas pipeline project is a dangerous move against the interests of Kosovo and the United States of America”.