Romania exports gas to Moldova for the first time – War in Ukraine

Romania has started exporting gas to Moldova, a small state affected by a serious energy crisis due to the consequences of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, reported the Romanian operator Transgaz.

“Gas transportation started” on Saturday, say company officials, quoted by the Agerpres news agency.

This was the first time that Romania supplied gas to its neighbor through the pipeline linking the city of Iasi to Ungheni, on the other side of the border.

Inaugurated in 2014 with financial support from the European Union, this 43-kilometer link has a theoretical capacity of 1.5 billion cubic meters per year, which is enough for Moldova’s needs.

The pipeline had never been used by Moldova, which only ended the connection in 2019 and 120 kilometers to the capital, Chisinau.

Until the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, it was financially more advantageous for this former Soviet republic to buy gas from the Russian Federation, which sold below the prices practiced in the European market.

But in recent months, Moldova has suffered a sharp reduction in deliveries of Russian gas, on which it is almost 100% dependent.

Source: Correio da Manhã by

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