The Moldovan authorities will introduce a state of emergency in the energy sector, announced Prime Minister Natalia Gavrilita. The reason is the gas market crisis.
The government will ask parliament on Friday to approve the state of emergency. This will allow you to bypass certain procedures to speed up the purchase of gas from alternative sources, said Natalia Gavrilita. The Interfax agency clarifies that it is about introducing a state of emergency in the energy industry.
The Prime Minister informed that the Moldovan gas market had a deficit of around 16 million cubic meters, and the required gas volumes in October are only 67 percent guaranteed. She added that the pressure in the gas transport system is at “critical levels”.
No supply contract
Moldova has not agreed a new gas supply agreement with the Russian company Gazprom. Interfax writes that the existing contract expired on September 30, and the parties agreed to extend it by one month. Moldova receives gas at $ 790 per 1,000 cubic meters in October, compared to $ 550 in September.
Gavrilita said that another round of talks on the deal with Gazprom took place in Moscow on Thursday. She stressed that there are currently no final agreements with the Russian company and “there is no certainty” that the authorities will be able to reach an agreement on this issue.
High standby mode
The deputy speaker of the parliament Mihai Popsoi announced that the chamber would accede to the government’s motion to introduce a state of emergency to give the cabinet “tools to manage the energy crisis,” Interfax reports.
On October 13, the Moldovan government announced a high-readiness mode in the field of energy due to the gas deficit, the agency emphasizes. The country has taken steps to save raw material consumption, e.g. some enterprises have switched to mazout or coal.
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