The Romanian government has kept its promise. The Romanian government’s efforts to support the Republic of Moldova energy-wise have already registered a first success.
According to Moldovan Premier Chiril Gaburici, the deliveries of natural gas from Romania to the Republic of Moldova through the Iasi – Ungheni pipeline will start on Wednesday, March 4.
“The Iasi – Ungheni gas pipeline will start its activity on Wednesday; we are already engaged in talks on the Ungheni – Chisinau pipeline that will give us the possibility to cover the whole country with natural gas from Romania and to create loyal competition on the energy market in the Republic of Moldova,” Chiril Gaburici stated at a press conference with US Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Unimedia informs.
The Iasi-Ungheni gas pipeline was inaugurated on 27 August 2014, on Independence Day, a year after the start of its construction, Radio Chisinau points out. The contract for the delivery of Romanian natural gas through the Iasi – Ungheni gas pipeline was signed by Moldovan and Romanian authorities on 22 December 2014.
Since the start of the year, the Republic of Moldova has been buying Russian natural gas at a price of USD 332 per 1,000 cubic meters. At the moment the contract was signed, Romanian natural gas was cheaper than imported Russian natural gas by at least USD 50 per 1,000 cubic meters. Meant to lower the Republic of Moldova’s dependence on Russian natural gas, the pipeline will be extended all the way to Chisinau.
PM Ponta: Iasi-Ungheni gas pipeline, the most important project for Moldova, must be continued to Chisnau
Prime Minister Victor Ponta has stated his belief, on Wednesday, that the Iasi-Ungheni gas pipeline must be continued to Chisinau.
“The most important project for Moldova. A challenge for Iurie Leanca and myself! It must be continued to Chisinau!”, said Prime Minister Ponta in a tweet on his personal account.
The Iasi-Ungheni pipeline was inaugurated on August 27, 2014, on the Moldovan Independence Day, a year after the launch of its construction, Radio Chisinau mentions. The contract for gas deliveries from Romania, through the Iasi-Ungheni pipeline, was signed on December 22, 2014 by the authorities in Chisinau and Bucharest.