Thus, according to TASS, Russia could completely suspend gas supplies to the Republic of Moldova, the program with November 1, when the contract with Gazprom expires.
TASS writes that Russia has proposed to Moldova a market price for natural gas ($ 790 per thousand cubic meters) with a possible 25% reduction, if Chisinau will pay, for three years, the debt for natural gas, in $ 700 million.
The Moldovan delegation, led by ministers Andrei Spinu and Vlad Kulminski, disagreed, justifying the refusal by saying that the government does not have the capacity to pay the debt.
The Moldovan side proposed that the gas price be twice lower than the market price ($ 200-300 per thousand cubic meters). In exchange for this price, Chisinau would like to pledge to turn off history against Gazprom and postpone the implementation of the EU’s Energy Package 3, which would affect Gazprom’s interests in Moldova.
Meanwhile, Moldovan Prime Minister Natalia Gavriliţa gave assurances that citizens will not run out of heat in winter and that Chisinau will find alternative gas resources.
The prime minister said that although the situation has changed in terms of negotiations with Gazprom, there is still no definitive agreement and the certainty that it will be reached in the end.
We remind you that the Parliament from Chisinau accepted on Friday, October 22, the Government’s proposal regarding the declaration of a state of emergency for 30 days, on the entire territory of the country, in the context of the natural gas deficit. Natalia Gavriliţa specified that the need to establish a state of emergency is actually caused by a decrease in the pressure in the gas transmission pipes, and the suppliers do not come up with solutions.
According to IPN, during the state of emergency, the Commission for Exceptional Situations will establish a special regime for the procurement of natural gas. It will allocate money for the procurement of the necessary volumes of gas and will adopt decisions for the undertaking of rapid gas insurance actions, including by derogation from the normative acts. The Commission will, if necessary, streamline the consumption of natural gas and other energy resources and will be able to empower suppliers and distributors to procure, transport and distribute natural gas throughout the country.
Answering the questions, Natalia Gavriliţa specified that the authorities will present the mechanisms for granting compensations for citizens when she will have a signed contract and will know the gas tariffs.
“This government has already negotiated with the IMF and secured $ 564 million for the next three years and four months and will have more resources to support its citizens, because it is implementing reforms that are supported,” the prime minister noted.
During the round of questions, the deputy of the Bloc of Communists and Socialists, Elena Bodnarenco, said that the government speaks so nicely about alternatives on the gas market as if Ukraine or Poland were producing its own gas, but not transporting the Russian one. “You are behaving quite confidently and it is clear to everyone that you are not saying everything to the end. You are ready to buy gas today at any price, it is important that this purchase is not directly from the Russian Federation. You are ready to pay any probable price from the aid that will be granted to certain international structures “, of the BCS parliamentary statement.
The deputy of the Şor Political Party, Denis Ulanov, requested clarifications regarding the organization of the new local elections on November 21, including in Bălţi, in the context of the establishment of the state of emergency. The Minister of Justice, Sergiu Litvinenco, stated that the mentions regarding the conduct of the elections could be made by the legislation in his decision. The Central Electoral Commission can interpret the electoral legislation, but, in its opinion, it would not be the reason to choose not to take place. The state of emergency is related to the situation on the natural gas market.
“All the steps we are taking now are necessary to ensure the country’s energy security, to be able to allocate financial resources for the purchase of gas from alternative sources and to make sure that the pressure in the natural gas system reacts to a high level. We will also take the decision to allocate fuel oil from the state reserve to help companies that can diversify energy sources “, Prime Minister Gavriliţa declared at the Government meeting on Friday, at which the Cabinet of Ministers proposed to the Parliament the declaration of the state of emergency.
According to the document, during the state of emergency, from 22 October to 20 November, the Commission for Exceptional Situations will issue provisions on the establishment of a special regime for the rapid procurement of natural gas; allocation of financial means to ensure the procurement of the necessary volume of natural gas; adopting the necessary decisions in order to ensure rapid natural gas supply actions, including by derogation from the normative provisions; ordering, if necessary, the rationalization of the consumption of natural gas and other energy resources; adopting decisions to empower suppliers and distributors to act for the purpose of procuring, transporting and distributing natural gas throughout the country; coordinating the activities of the mass media regarding informing the population about the causes and proportions of the exceptional situation, etc.
“I specify that on October 13, the CSE found the appearance of an exceptional situation, alert on the natural gas market. Despite the actions taken, the tools currently used are not sufficient to overcome the situation and the Commission’s powers do not provide the necessary solutions and mechanisms. In this context, it is necessary for the ESC to approve certain measures, urgent decisions, in quick terms, which provide for derogations from normative acts, which in the current framework does not allow us “, specified the Secretary of State of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Regional Development , Constantin Borosan.
Prime Minister Natalia Gavriliat the need and correctness of the actions to be taken: “These powers will be used in good faith. We will put in place all the necessary procedures so that the decision can be audited, monitored and we can report on it at the right time, so that there is no doubt about their intention and effect. We will allocate money from the budget, we will empower the operators so that they can access the market and ensure the country’s energy security. “
In order to overcome the alert situation on the natural gas market, the Government also voted for the release of fuel oil from state reserves. Based on the fact that SA Termoelectrica has already exhausted the personally available stock of fuel oil, it was decided to release the quantity of 16,500 tons of fuel oil from the state reserves.
“The burning of the released fuel oil will allow the population and institutions of social importance to be provided with electricity, but also a heating agent during the cold period of the year. The purpose of the project is the state intervention in solving the exceptional situation created on the natural gas market, ensuring the country’s energy security and protection of the population. The burning of fuel oil from the state reserves ensures the delivery of the thermal and electric agent to the beneficiaries of Termoelectrica services, which allows maintaining a stable tariff for consumers and saving natural gas, without raising the tariffs paid by the population “, said Ana Revenco, minister. Home Affairs.
If you like this article, we are waiting for you to join the community of citizens on our Facebook page, through a Like below: