What is backhaul gas transport and how will it help Moldova become more independent from Russia

The government approved the necessary regulations for the smooth operation of gas transport in the backhaul regime.

Backhaul is the transaction of natural gas, which involves the nomination and allocation of deliveries of natural gas in the opposite direction to the main physical flow of natural gas, which occurs at certain one-way entry or exit points. The given service is applied in all European countries at the interconnection points.

“In the current situation when natural gas flows, through the national gas transport system, are no longer unidirectional, but in both directions, both from East to West and from West to East, the backhaul gas transport service represents the technical solution to ensure the continuity of gas supplies to consumers”, states Secretary of State Constantin Borosan.


According to Borosan, the provision of backhaul service by natural gas transport operators increases the attractiveness of using the national transport system for European traders and suppliers who intend to carry gas stocks in Ukraine.

“Increasing the volume of natural gas transited through the national transport system means reducing the tariff for the transport service and reducing costs for citizens”, Borosan pointed out.

The Republic of Moldova gave up gas from Gazprom (5.7 million cubic meters/day) on December 1st in exchange for electricity delivered by the Cuciurgan plant. Chisinau reoriented itself to purchases on the stock market, where a thousand cubic meters amounted to 1000 euros on average. However, to get through this year’s winter, Energocom bought and stored during the year about 300 million cubic meters of gas, which were stored in Ukraine and Romania.

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