Tag: elem
Economy 22.01.23 | 17:27

Open bid for gas suppliers for the capital Skopje

The state owned ELEM/ESM energy producing company is seeking offers from gas suppliers for February. The company switched from the Makpetrol company to the Bulgarian Balkan Utilities as the main supplier for the three heating plants that operate in the capital Skopje, and service the only warm water...

Economy 06.11.22 | 14:32

Mickoski: We blocked the energy loan because it was conditioned on closing down our key coal plants

VMRO-DPMNE President Hristijan Mickoski responded to Government attacks and clarified the position of the party, which blocked in the Parliament a loan of 100 million EUR from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, meant for the energy sector in Macedonia. Mickoski said that the conditions...

Economy 02.11.22 | 12:33

Energy crisis: Government sets aside 61 million EUR to prop up the troubled key producer

61 million EUR from the central budget were diverted to the loss making ELEM/ESM state owned energy company which produces the bulk of the electricity used in Macedonia. ELEM was caught unprepared during the winter of 2021, with collapsing domestic production due to corruption and mismanagement in its...

Macedonia 15.10.22 | 20:36

If we run out of natural gas, Skopje will be heated with diesel fuel

Vasko Kovacevski, head of the state owned ELEM – ESM company which took over the central heating system in the capital Skopje, said that if they run out of natural gas, they will switch to diesel fuel. The company now runs two major heating plants, in Skopje’s Karpos and Aerodrom districts,...

Macedonia 14.10.22 | 21:58

Despite major problems, heating season in the capital Skopje should begins tomorrow

The Energy Regulatory Commission announced that it has approved the state owned ELEM – ESM company to conduct heating in the capital Skopje. ELEM took over the troubled BEG heating monopoly – the only central heating company in Macedonia – that was unable to provide heating with the...

Macedonia 14.10.22 | 09:28

Energy crisis: More turmoil in the ELEM company

The troubled ELEM – ESM company, which is the key state owned energy producer in Macedonia, dismissed its director of sales after only a month and a half. Mirsad Crnovrsanin was appointed to the critical position despite strong criticism that he is completely unqualified, having worked as a small...

Economy 22.01.22 | 16:17

Energy crisis: ELEM temporarily takes over the BEG heating company

The state owned ELEM/ESM energy company formally took over BEG – the main heating company in Skopje. BEG faces bankruptcy with the soaring gas prices and the regulated price they can charge from the 60,000 households they are supplying in Skopje. After brief negotiations with the Government, it...

Economy 18.01.22 | 17:35

Energy crisis: ELEM takes over the Skopje heating companies on Friday

Economy Minister Kreshnik Bekteshi said that the state run ELEM/ESM energy company will take over management of the BEG and Skopje Sever heating companies on January 21st. These two companies, that supply tens of thousands of households in the capital Skopje with heated water during the winter, are facing...

Macedonia 26.12.21 | 22:56

ELEM awards coal mining deal to a Bitola based company under an emergency contracting procedure

The state owned ELEM/ESM energy company awarded a contract to the “Markovski” company to mine coal in its Bitola mine over the next year of 2022. The contract is worth 18 million EUR and the company is tasked with providing 1.45 million tons of coal. REK Bitola, Macedonia’s main electricity...

Economy 25.12.21 | 10:56

Struggling ELEM energy company plans to furlough non-essential workers

The state owned ELEM/ESM energy company ordered its different branches to prepare lists of non-essential employees who could be furloughed. According to the plan, the workers would continue to receive 70 percent of their salaries while staying at home for a period of sevearl month, in an attempt to cut...

Macedonia 08.12.21 | 19:05

Popova Sapka: Ski season begins on December 15

The Popova Sapka center – one of the two main ski resorts in Macedonia – announced that it will begin the new season on December 15th, with two days of free skiing. ELEM Tours, a branch of the ELEM state owned energy company that manages the center, said that it has invested a lot in the...

Economy 06.12.21 | 18:10

Energy crisis: ELEM will power all households in 2022, but only after the Government proposes a new price

After several failed attempts by EVN Macedonia to get an offer to supply households from the state owned ELEM energy producer, ELEM director Vasko Kovacevski said that the company will finally make an offer to supply all households, but only after the Government makes a proposal for a new price. Macedonia...

Macedonia 24.11.21 | 23:20

ELEM defends the appointment of a former musician as manager of its critical REK Bitola coal plant

The ELEM energy company, which is plagued by chronic mismanagement and corruption that led to a major energy crisis, announced that it has replaced the managers of its two main coal plants. The decision was widely mocked in the public, after it was revealed that the new manager of REK Bitola –...

Economy 23.11.21 | 18:28

Energy crisis: ELEM was able to buy just one tenth of coal it needs

The publicly managed ELEM company – Macedonia’s main electricity producer – announced that it procured 90,000 tons of coal from Kosovo. The company is seeking to buy 900,000 tons, and turned to Greece and Montenegro, but so far there are few sellers available. We received 14 offers...

Macedonia 18.11.21 | 14:17

Mickoski: Holding early elections should not influence the EU accession process

The Macedonian people deserve to open the EU accession talks, and this issue should not be linked to holding early general elections in Macedonia, said VMRO-DPMNE President Hristijan Mickoski during a press event today. I’m an optimist that the date can be given in December. This people deserves...

Economy 14.11.21 | 13:11

Energy crisis: 65 million EUR set aside for emergency electricity imports

Finance Minister Fatmir Besimi said that the Ministry paid 4 billion denars (65 million EUR) to the ELEM company for emergency purchases of electricity. ELEM is Macedonia’s main state owned energy producing company, and is currently completely failing at its job due to corruption and mismanagement...

Macedonia 13.11.21 | 11:11

Because of corruption, Macedonia pays five times more for electricity imports

The VMRO-DPMNE party blamed the Zaev regime of forcing that Macedonia to pay five times more for its imported electricity than it would cost to produce it at home. Zoran Zev drained the lakes we use for hydro energy and left REK Bitola without coal just as the winter heating season begins. Timely mining...

Economy 13.11.21 | 11:08

ELEM blames the disaster in the REK Bitola coal plant on a sudden surge of power

An investigation into the REK Bitola coal plant found that the fire that erupted a week ago and badly damaged an important relay station was caused by a surge of power. The ELEM company said that it will form a committee to investigate the detailed causes, to prevent such future incidents. REK Bitola...

Macedonia 09.11.21 | 20:57

Energy crisis: ELEM director Kovacevski was supposed to be dismissed last week, but chaos in the Government delayed this decision

The Government planned to fire Vasko Kovacevski, Zaev’s director of the ELEM energy producing company, but did not get around to it given the growing political criis, Faktor.mk reports. Kovacevski is a powerful SDSM party operator from Bitola, accused of allowing companies linked to the Zaev family...

Economy 08.11.21 | 22:30

As domestic energy production collapsed, Macedonia is forced to turn to expensive imports

The ELEM energy company purchased electricity for 5.5 million EUR last week, and now it is looking for new offers, to cover between two and three days of domestic consumption for 1.1 million EUR. The demand is expected to continue, as ELEM’s main generating capacity, the REK Bitola coal plant,...

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