Economy

Macedonia to build gas network by 2020

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia's prime minister says the country will start building a natural gas network next year, when it hopes to start receiving deliveries of Russian gas.

Nikola Gruevski said Wednesday the 100 million euro ($137 million) project, which will involve public-private partnerships, will take five years to complete. Gruevski says the distribution system will have a total length of 250 kilometers (155 miles), at least 70 percent of which will be completed by 2019.

Macedonia has an initial agreement with Russia's Gazprom energy giant to be linked with the South Stream pipeline meant to transport Russian natural gas to Europe.

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