The right side of the Nistru River is better prepared in terms of energy than the left side that does not have any alternative, said secretary of state of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Regional Development Constantin Borosan. According to him, the conceding of the 5.7 million m3 of gas a day to the left side does not endanger the energy security of the right side. The right side of the Nistru has gas stores and the possibility of purchasing gas from alternative sources, IPN reports.
According to the functionary, the agreement with Tiraspol to concede the amount of gas supplied by Gazprom in exchange for electrical energy is advantageous.
“We can now sign contracts with operators and acquire gas from other sources. Furthermore, we have stored 220 million m3 of gas. We cannot say the same about the left side of the Nistru. We can ensure the stability of our energy system. Furthermore, the right side is much better prepared in terms of energy than the left side that does not have any alternative,” Constantin Borosan stated in the program “Alternative” on TV8 channel.
The official said the functioning of the Kuchurgan power plant at full capacity and the selling of electricity to the right side by this is advantageous also to Ukraine as the stability of the energy system all over the region can be this way ensured.
“Odessa Oblast is a great consumer of electrical energy and the functioning of the Kuchurgan power plant enables to maintain the energy balance in the region. Surely, a smaller price of electricity was discussed in the negotiations. We explained that the people cannot pay a higher electricity charge and insisted on the previous price of US$62 per MW, but the price of US$73 was ultimately agreed,” said the secretary of state of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Regional Development.
On December 3, SA Energocom signed a contract for the supply of electricity with MGRES (Kuchurgan power plant) for December. It was also agreed to extend the contract for January-March 2023. This way, Chisinau in December will buy 204,000 MW at the price of US$73 from MGRES. Instead, Moldovagaz offers the left side of the Nistru the whole amount of 5.7 million m3 of gas delivered by Gazprom to the Republic of Moldova.