The possibility of delivering natural gas to the Transnistrian region exists, but there are no willing suppliers in the market other than Gazprom, stated the Minister of Energy, Victor Parlicov, in the “360 Degrees” program on our radio station. At the same time, the minister specified that those on the left bank of the Dniester could procure natural gas now if they paid the market price.
“Technically, the possibility of delivering gas to the Transnistrian region exists. However, there are no willing suppliers in the market other than Gazprom to deliver it for free. Transnistria could procure gas now if they could pay the market price. The entire economy of Transnistria is based on cheap resources, and the majority of the budget is funded by electricity deliveries on the right bank of the Dniester. Without this free gas, I don’t think consumers in the Transnistrian region could withstand,” said Victor Parlicov.
It is worth mentioning that since December 2022, the Republic of Moldova has been receiving a daily quantity of 5.7 million cubic meters of gas from the Russian concern Gazprom. This volume is received by Moldovagaz and directed to Tiraspoltransgaz for consumers on the left bank of the Dniester, including the Cuciurgan Power Plant, which produces electricity for the right bank of the Dniester.
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Since the beginning of the war in Ukraine, the Russian Federation has reduced natural gas deliveries to our country. To ensure the creation and maintenance of security stocks, it was decided that the Joint Stock Company “Energocom” would conclude the necessary agreements and contracts with storage operators in neighboring countries, including EU member states.
Minister of Energy Victor Parlicov specified that the Republic of Moldova has over 650 million cubic meters of natural gas in stock, reserves that are expected to be sufficient until March.