There are also other energy interconnection projects, Romania is doing its best, PM Victor Ponta also mentioned.
Present on the construction site of the Iasi-Ungheni pipeline, Prime Minister Victor Ponta said he is contented with how works are proceeding and the timetable is being observed, also adding that it does not matter if the project is completed in December or February, more important is “the value on the energy structure,” Mediafax reports.
“The undercrossing of the Prut River must become a reality. It does not matter so much if works are completed in February or December, the important thing is that next year the Republic of Moldova will be connected to Romania’s natural gas grid,” said Ponta. He pointed out that the constructor will be given the money when the entire work is finished, being in Romania’s interest a much faster completion.
Victor Ponta also said that he came to observe the progress of the construction as he was in Iasi and he wanted to see with his own eyes how works are proceeding, but he stressed that he is not in charge of monitoring the works, but the local authorities, the constructor and the Energy Ministry. The PM pointed out that he will go to Brussels together with Moldova’s PM Iurie Leanca to discuss about the European funding of the other joint energy projects. “The gas pipeline is one of the projects. There are also other energy interconnection projects. Romania is doing its best. The (gas pipeline) project costs 27 million euros. 20 million euros represent Romania’s contribution, and 7 account for EU funds. The costs for the other projects on energy interconnection are extremely high. I want to obtain any financial support from the European Union that is offered to us. Last but not least, Romania has the opportunity to help the Republic of Moldova in a way or another,” PM Ponta said.
PM Ponta also underlined in the county of Botosani that Romania’s only national unpaved road, DN 24 C Radauti Prut-Manoleasa has to be asphalted next year, with this situation being “shameful” for our country.
Romania’s Premier arrived on the construction site alongside Iasi Mayor Gheorghe Nichita, after having attended the National Conference of Social-Democratic Women Organization.