Energy Minister Grigorescu: We will closely follow possible exchange of assets between OMV Petrom, Gazprom

The Energy Ministry will closely follow, in the coming period, the topic on the possible exchange of assets between OMV Petrom and Gazprom, said Energy Minister Victor Grigorescu (photo).

“We have taken note of the press release sent by OMV to clarify the aspects published in the press lately. We will follow closely, in the coming period, those presented in the release and we will have these issues on the priority agenda of discussions with the above-mentioned company. OMV Petrom is a successful company and I am convinced that 2016 will mean reaching some important goals of its activity in Romania,” said the energy minister in response to the questions from the media on a possible exchange of assets between the Austrian company OMV and the Russian one Gazprom.

According to a press release from the Ministry of Energy issued for Agerpres on Friday, relevant authorities are in constant dialogues with all companies operating in the strategic fields of the Romanian energy sector.

“We are in constant dialogue with all companies operating in the strategic fields of the Romanian energy sector, including to clarify information or assumptions about their operation in order to meet our fundamental objective: observing and protecting Romania’s national interests in any situation,” added Victor Grigorescu.

The Austrian company OMV, the owner of Petrom, says that it will not renounce the management of strategic assets in the negotiations with Gazprom on an exchange of assets, and OMV Petrom is not the topic of the discussions, according to a statement issued on Friday at AGERPRES’ request.

The statement comes as several publications have reported that the exchange of assets between OMV and Gazprom would refer inclusively to assets in Romania.

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