The energy crisis in Moldova is part of a broader crisis that affects prices and supply of natural gas throughout Europe and the world, Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Spinu told a press conference upon his return from St. Petersburg, Russia. “There are no reasons for concern at the moment”, he stated.
The Moldovan official met with Elena Burmistrova, vice president of the Gazprom Management Committee. “We discussed an increase in gas supplies to our country in October, so that no consumer – individual or corporate – is affected”, said Andrei Spinu.
In St. Petersburg, the deputy prime minister also discussed electricity supply, “which has been a hot-button topic in recent days, with concerns appearing that consumption could be reduced.” “I have made sure that we do not face a crisis. In fact, there is no cause for concern at the moment. Electricity is supplied at levels that ensure energy security,” stressed Andrei Spinu.
This week, teams from Gazprom and Moldovagaz will begin talks on a work plan. “I wanted to emphasize that the price of the formula currently in use, in October, is not justified and is unrealistic for Moldova. It is not in line with the contracts previously signed between Moldovagaz and Gazprom. We asked for an extension of the contract on the older terms, so that we can continue in parallel to discuss issues on our common agenda”, said Andrei Spinu.
“Whatever the situation, we have a plan for any eventuality, which will be implemented with full responsibility by the Government”, said the deputy prime minister. The plan is based on two elements: the first centers on the plan to sign a long-term gas supply contract, with the best price for Moldova and that ensures the country’s energy security. At the same time, discussions are taking place with development partners to identify alternatives for gas supply. “We are preparing reserve fuel, being ready to use alternative fuel and, if necessary, reduce gas consumption”.
The second element concerns providing aid for people. “We are working on developing social packages for the winter for families and socially vulnerable people, including the industries that will be most affected.” The deputy prime minister said that the households that will need help have been identified based on previous consumption records. “The most vulnerable will receive more help”, said Andrei Spinu.