Moldovan Energy Minister Victor Parlicov said that there is a probability that Chisinau will resume buying gas from Gazprom in May. This decision was taken because Gazprom unilaterally limited the volume of gas supplies to 5.7 million cubic meters, a volume that will be used until the end of April, including in the Transnistrian region, bani.md reports.
The main reason for resuming gas purchases from Gazprom is to ensure the functionality of the left bank and prevent the onset of energy crises. Parlikov explained that, according to calculations, it is more convenient to use Gazprom gas to produce electricity on the left bank than to save on gas and buy electricity at higher prices.
The Energy Minister said that the savings achieved through this decision are estimated at between 1 and 20 million dollars in four months. This estimate also takes into account the new prices offered by Moldovagaz. However, Parlicov said that the final decision on resuming gas purchases from Gazprom or finding competitive alternatives will be taken after April.
“Even if there is an expected price ($380 estimated price from Gazprom), we will assess whether Gazprom can offer gas at a competitive and favorable price for us,” Parlicov said, emphasizing the pragmatic nature of the decision to be taken into account this year.
Moldova has given up Russian gas from the end of 2022 and reoriented to Western markets after Gazprom cut the volume of supplies to Chisinau to 5.7 million cubic meters per day. The entire volume of methane was diverted to the left bank of the Dniester River in exchange for electricity.