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Top 5 stories of the week: 13 – 19 October

1. Has the Interconnector Greece-Bulgaria passed the test?

In October 2022, the Interconnector Greece-Bulgaria (IGB) started its commercial operations. This week, we spoke with Teodora Georgieva, Executive Officer of the pipeline’s operator ICGB about the main successes and challenges of the past 12 months, plans for expansion and the role of the interconnector in a future hydrogen-based economy. Read the full story here. 

2. EU Council reaches a key agreement on the electricity market design

The EU Council has reached an agreement on a proposal to amend the EU’s electricity market design. This will enable the Council presidency to start negotiations with the European Parliament to reach a final agreement. Read the full story here. 

3. ORLEN sets sights on hybrid renewables

The ORLEN Group has signed a preliminary agreement, via its subsidiary Energa Wytwarzanie, with Lewandpol Holding to acquire a special purpose vehicle developing the “Kleczew Solar and Wind” farm, a hybrid renewables installation set to be completed in 2025. Read the full story here.

4. Serbia pushes for energy efficiency

Taking a dive into the Western Balkans, Serbia’s Mining and Energy Minister Dubravka Đedović Handanović attended the opening of the first “Energy Information Centre” on Monday in Kula. This comes as the Serbian government sets the promotion and implementation of energy efficiency measures in households and public buildings as a priority, according to Serbia’s Minister for Energy Efficiency and Climate Change Maja Vukadinović. Read the full story here. 

5. Ukrnafta on track to complete key targets by the end of 2023

Ukrainian energy company Ukrnafta is making progress with its key objectives: drilling wells and engaging international partners, the company’s Director Serhify Koretsky said on Tuesday. The company is the largest producer of oil in Ukraine, with state-owned Naftogaz as its majority shareholder (50 per cent + 1 share). Read the full story here.

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