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Ballsh Mallakaster.jpg
Ballsh is located in Albania
Coordinates: 40°36′3″N 19°44′11″E / 40.60083°N 19.73639°E / 40.60083; 19.73639Coordinates: 40°36′3″N 19°44′11″E / 40.60083°N 19.73639°E / 40.60083; 19.73639
Country  Albania
County Fier
Municipality Mallakastër
Elevation 231 m (758 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Municipal unit 7,657
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 9308
Area code 0313
Vehicle registration MK

Ballsh (definite Albanian form: Ballshi) is a town and a former municipality in Fier County, southern Albania. At the 2015 local government reform it became a subdivision and the seat of the municipality Mallakastër.[1] It was the seat of the former District of Mallakastër. The population at the 2011 census was 7,657.[2]


The city's surrounding fields are rich in crude petroleum and are dotted by a series of oil wells established during the communist dictatorship. Only a fraction of these wells are operating today, but the city includes a working refinery, and outputs of naphthas are significant. It was called "Glavinitsa" during Bulgarian rule, later on the city was named Ballsh after Serbian ruler Balša II.

Main article: Byllis

Ballsh is close to the ancient city of Byllis. The climate is Mediterranean. It is surrounded by the hills of Mallakastra. Its Latin name is Baletium. The Slavic invasions of the 6th and 7th centuries caused the decline of Byllis while Ballsh was built with materials plundered from Byllis.[citation needed]


The city has an important oil refining plant, the only one left in Albania, which was owned by Taçi Oil through ARMO (Anika Mercuria Refinery Associated Oil, owned by Anika Enterprises). In 2013 ARMO was sold to Heaney Assets Corporation, an Azerbaidjan corporation.[3][4]


The city's team KS Bylis Ballsh, plays at the Adush Muça Stadium.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Law nr. 115/2014
  2. ^ 2011 census results
  3. ^ "Azerët, nga sot pronarë të ARMO-s, firmoset marrëveshja". Shekulli. 7/8/13.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  4. ^ "ARMO changes owners". Top Channel. 2013-08-08.