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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,...

Macedonia Economy 25.10.21 | 18:22

Zaev’s Government assures households that there will be enough electricity for the winter

The Zaev Government issued a statement assuring the citizens that they will not face blackouts amid serious warnings that the energy reserves are almost gone. Mismanagement in the REK Bitola plant, which is apparently left without enough coal and is running at minimum capacity, and the low water levels...

Macedonia 26.08.21 | 10:02

ELEM management insists they were not bound to hold a competitive bid when they purchased oil from a politically linked businessman

The state ran ELEM energy company issued a statement defending its actions in the purchase of oil from a politically linked provider. The oil, worth 14 million EUR, was purchased from Supertrade, owned by Vladimir Stajic – Rostilj, a businessman who frequently lands contracts from the Zaev regime. ELEM...

Macedonia Economy 16.07.21 | 12:53

Mickoski: VMRO-DPMNE will bring in new investments, protect the ELEM energy company

Hristijan Mickoski announced a major new investment cycle once his VMRO-DPMNE party is in office. Mickoski also assured the workers in the state run ELEM energy plant that their jobs will be safe, as the Zaev regime announces the closure of its large REK Bitola coal mine and power plant. We are not talking...

Macedonia 27.06.21 | 11:47

Contract worth 13 million euros: Mickoski described how ESM (former ELEM) is robbed and destroyed

HOW ESM (former ELEM) IS ROBBED AND DESTROYED: The management of ESM (former ELEM) issues a call for mining contract for the entire calendar year three months before the start of the local election campaign. One company applies for the contract. There is no electronic auction and there is only one...

Macedonia Economy 23.06.21 | 12:59

Mickoski demands answers from Zaev after Macedonia’s flagship energy company registers huge annual losses

VMRO-DPMNE President Hristijan Mickoski, who led the ELEM energy producing company, said that he is dismayed by the fact that Macedonia’s largest energy company is now operating with a huge loss. ELEM was 16.8 million EUR in the red in the past year. This is what Zoran Zaev’s policies in...

Macedonia 27.01.21 | 12:33

No coal: Two of the three units in REK Bitola are offline, and the third is barely operational

Member of Parliament from Bitola Silvana Angelevska (VMRO) warned that the REK Bitola energy plant continues to work at the bare minimum of its capacity, due to the lack of coal. The problem was first raised last week when it was reported that of the three units, one is completely off and another works...

Macedonia 24.11.20 | 19:00

Lack of hydro power causes temporarily blackouts in Skopje

Parts of the capital Skopje were left without electricity today, as the exceptionally bad state of the hydro plants begins to affect supply. The MEPSO transportation company blamed the producing ELEM company of not supplying enough energy and lacking the reserves it needs. Hydro plants are quick to come...

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