Minister of Energy Discusses Gas Security and Electric Mobility Progress with EU Ambassadors in Moldova

The Minister of Energy, Victor Parlicov, met with several ambassadors from European Union member states. The official announced that he “explained what the Government of Chișinău is doing to prepare for the winter.”

Diplomats also discussed with the minister the separation of the gas transmission system operator, as well as the audit of Moldovagaz’s debts to Gazprom.

“In order to reduce gas prices for the upcoming heating season, we have emphasized the purchase of significant gas volumes during the summer when prices are more favorable. Some of the gas was purchased and stored in Ukraine and Romania, while other quantities have been contracted or are planned. In this context, I informed the heads of diplomatic missions that the decision of the Commission for Exceptional Situations (CES) on Wednesday, September 13, which provides for the enhancement of the trans-Balkan corridor’s capacity, is also in line. This is to ensure energy security and to provide consumers with affordable gas prices,” noted Parlicov.

Since December of last year, only non-Russian gas has been consumed in the territory controlled by the authorities of the Republic of Moldova, usually transported through the reverse trans-Balkan corridor (Greece, Bulgaria, Romania), Parlicov stated. According to him, there is currently increased interest in this route from several operators, and the volume is limited. Therefore, CES has intervened to increase the capacity of gas transported. Until November 1, this newly created capacity will be used by Energocom as an exception.

“We are increasing the capacity and will cover some of the costs. The decision will not affect agreements between traders for the existing capacity. We will simplify customs procedures and will be happy for other market participants to use this new route in the future. At the same time, in the long term, we want to advance on energy interconnection projects with Romania to reduce our dependence on the Dnestrovsk Power Plant. We will move towards electrification in general, including the electrification of transportation,” said the Minister.

The battery of an electric car can power a household for one to one and a half weeks. We are considering subsidizing the installation of inverters for households that want to switch to electric cars. The more electric cars we have, the more we will increase consumption, which is currently a constraint for us, and we will be able to integrate more renewable energy into the grid,” Parlicov Concluded.


According to the message published by the Minister of Energy, the EU Ambassador to the Republic of Moldova, Janis Mazeiks, noted the progress made in the energy sector over the past year and stated that all aspects related to the implementation of EU acquis in terms of electric mobility can be managed within the energy community framework.

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