The Republic of Moldova is determined to join the Azerbaijan – Georgia – Romania Interconnector (AGRI) project meant to carry natural gas from Azerbaijan to Europe, arminfo.info informs, being quoted by hotnews.ro. Moldovan Prime Minister Vlad Filat stated that the issue has already been tackled with President Ilham Aliyev in early October during the Eastern Partnership meeting in Warsaw. Filat added that he wants AGRI to become AGRI-M through Moldova’s participation. The Republic of Moldova’s outlook on taking part in this project will be discussed during a visit that Filat will pay to Azerbaijan at the end of November, at the invitation of Azeri President Ilham Aliyev.
Vlad Filat added that the Republic of Moldova has strategic stakes within this project, the issue being discussed on September 22 during a meeting with Romanian President Traian Basescu. Previous to that meeting, there were talks with the Hungarian Prime Minister and the Georgian President. “A technical evaluation will take place by the end of November and then decisions will be taken,” Filat stated, inforusia.ro informs.
Prime Minister Vlad Filat added that the Republic of Moldova will connect itself to the Romanian natural gas grid, through the Ungheni-Iasi pipeline, by the end of 2012. According to hotnews.ro, tender procedures needed in order to select a company that would handle the feasibility study for the AGRI project will start in the immediate period. Romania and the Republic of Moldova will finalize this year the feasibility study on the construction of the Ungheni-Iasi natural gas pipeline.