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March 1, 2021
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Iasi-Ungheni pipeline to expand to Chisinau with EUR 10 M EU aid

The European Union will allocate 10 million euros ($12.9 million) to expand the Iasi-Ungheni pipeline to Chisinau, the official website of the Moldovan Economy Ministry reported, quoted by RIA Novosti.
“The European Union will provide 10 million euros for the expansion of the Iasi-Ungheni pipeline. The pipeline will be extended to Chisinau,” the ministry’s website stated. Previously, the Economy Ministry directly reported that the project aims to reduce dependence on Russian gas.
The Iasi-Ungheni pipeline was commissioned on August 27, in the presence of the Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta, his Moldovan counterpart Iurie Leanca and European Commissioner for Energy Gunther Oettinger. Its length on the Romanian territory is 32 kilometers (19.8 miles). Some 736 meters (about 2400 feet) have been constructed under the river Prut, and another 11 kilometers are located on the territory of Moldova. Its construction has required EUR 26 million (USD 33.5 millions), seven million (USD 9 million) of which have been granted by the European Union. The country’s authorities have stated that the first stream of “blue fuel” will arrive at the beginning of September, but the pipeline is still not operable yet. The two Prime Ministers mentioned at the end of the ceremony that the pipeline will be laid and connected to the final point – Chisinau, in two years.
Premier Iurie Leanca and EU Commissioner Gunther Oettinger emphasized in their speeches the role played by the Romanian Prime Minister in the construction of the Iasi-Ungheni gas pipeline, also pointing out that this project takes Moldova one step further on the track of its integration with the European Union and towards its energy independence.

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