The Republic of Moldova and Ukraine will join the vertical natural gas transportation corridor, which currently includes Greece, Bulgaria, Romania, and Hungary. In this context, the Minister of Energy from Chișinău will participate in the Ministerial Meeting on Energy Connectivity in Central and Southeastern Europe on Friday.
With the accession of Moldova and Ukraine, the vertical corridor will follow the route of the Trans-Balkan gas pipeline, which goes from Ukraine to Greece in the reverse direction. The vertical gas corridor was first announced in 2016 by the gas network operators from Greece, Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, and Austria.
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“The concept of the vertical corridor is not a traditional single-pipeline project but a system that connects existing national gas networks and other gas infrastructures to ensure gas transit and thus contribute to energy security,” according to a ministry statement.
Additionally, the session within the High-Level Group CESEC aims to examine and plan future cooperation in the energy sector, with a focus on interconnections and storage for a greener, smarter, and more efficient electric system in Southeastern Europe.
The event will be chaired by the Director-General of DG ENERGY (Directorate-General for Energy) at the European Commission, Ditte Juul Jørgensen, and among the participants are the Commissioner for Energy of the European Commission, Kadri Simson, and the Director of the Secretariat of the Energy Community, Artur Lorkowski.