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August 17, 2022
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Domestic natural gas is out, imports from Russia record high

Imports of Russian natural gas have reached new historical highs for the third consecutive month, Money.ro informs. Thus, according to the Romanian Energy Regulatory Authority (ANRE), in March imports will account for 40 per cent of natural gas consumption. “I believe that ANRE will be able to maintain the price of natural gas stationary at least until April and at least in what concerns household consumers. After that we will have to reconsider the price,” Tudor Serban, the Economy Minister’s adviser, stated.


Normally approximately 25 per cent of Romania’s annual natural gas consumption needs are covered by imports from Russia. The fact that this winter that percentage has moved close to 50 per cent is caused, apart from the low temperatures, by a decision of the government in 2009 in order to help out the chemical industry sector. Thus, for 16 months (June 2009 – October 2010) industrial consumers received natural gas from internal production at a price approximately twice lower than the price of imported natural gas. Chemical plants were the largest industrial consumers, plants that apart from Azomures are all owned by billionaire Ioan Niculae’s InterAgro Group. During the aforementioned period his six plants received natural gas only from internal production, from Romgaz and Petrom. Since Romgaz and Petrom were forced to supply industrial consumers with as much natural gas as they needed the quantities that remained were no longer enough for suppliers, especially since the latter are forced to stockpile during the year sufficient quantities of natural gas for winter. “They should be ashamed! I didn’t even get 50 per cent of the natural gas I needed precisely because they have to give it to the suppliers to stockpile it. Bloody liars,” Niculae stated several weeks ago.

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