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February 27, 2021

Russian gas deliveries to Romania back to normal

Gas supplies from the Russian Federation to Romania returned to normal this Saturday, but there was no confirmation yet from state-owned natural gas monopoly Gazprom that Romania would next week receive the entire amount of gas imports, Minister-delegate for Energy Razvan Nicolescu told AGERPRES.
“This morning (on Saturday — Ed. note) Transgaz announced the Energy Department of having received from the Gazprom dispatch center in Sofia a notification stating that gas deliveries today and tomorrow (Sunday) will be within the normal parameters, and that the initially announced cuts would no longer be operated,” the Minister said.  According to him, the notification did not state the reason for the 5 percent cut this Friday in gas exports to Romania, neither did it confirm that gas deliveries next week would be as per the agreed schedule.
Romania’s gas imports are currently at an extremely low level of about 0.2 million cubic meters per day, while the country’s own gas production of 31 million cubic meters is almost double the domestic consumption of 16 million cubic meters.
In addition, Romania has already stored 700 million cubic meters of gas more than the required amount of 1.8 billion cubic meters estimated by the Regulatory Authority, and the storage cycle is still in progress.  Minister Nicolescu had told a press conference on Friday that Transgaz had been notified of a 9 percent cut in Russian gas supplies this Saturday and a 5 percent cut envisaged for Sunday’s deliveries. On Friday, Romania received 5 percent less gas imports.  “There is no risk that Romania’s population is affected by interruptions in gas supplies this winter, and no measure in addition to those already taken in recent months is necessary,” Minister Razvan Nicolescu said at Friday’s press conference.

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