Natural gas consumption in Romania totaled 87.080 million MWh in the first nine months of 2014, down by 5.4% compared to that in the similar period of 2013, which amounted to 92.047 million MWh, according to a report posted on the website of the National Energy Regulatory Authority (ANRE).
The domestic natural gas production for consumption represented, in September, 98.34% of total sources, with the top two producers (Romgaz and OMV Petrom) having covered 95.73% of this source.
Imports for consumption was the difference, 1.66% respectively. The top three importers – domestic suppliers – together recorded 60.63%.
The price of imported gas, in the first nine months, ranged between 390 dollars per 1,000 cubic metres (122.56 lei per MWh) and 348 dollars per 1,000 cubic metres (106.59 lei per MWh). In September, the price stood at 361 dollars per 1,000 cubic metres (114.31 lei per MWh).
According to Romania’s Energy Strategy for 2015-2035, launched for debate on the website of the Ministry of Energy, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises and Business Milieu, in 2009 to 2013, the annual natural gas consumption in Romania decreased by 5.4%, with annual average consumption in that period having stood at 142.96 TWh.
The largest share in natural gas consumption is held by electricity and heating producers, followed by household consumers and industry, reports Agerpres.