The Iasi-Ungheni-Chisinau gas pipeline could become fully functional at the end of 2018 if the plan of action agreed by Romanian and Moldovan energy specialists is respected, Romania’s Ambassador in Chisinau Daniel Ionita stated in the program “Moldova live” on the public TV channel Moldova 1, IPN reports.
Daniel Ionita said the Iasi-Ungheni-Chisinau gas pipeline is a strategic project that will ensure an essential thing for the Republic of Moldova – energy security – by diversifying the gas supply sources. “The given project goes straight now as a meeting of the joint intergovernmental commission specialized in economy was recently held in Bucharest and one of its sessions centered on energy interconnection and the participants agreed a plan of action on that occasion,” stated the diplomat.
According to the ambassador, Moldova’s energy security can be ensured by two ways – by interconnection by aboveground power lines and by the Iasi-Ungheni-Chisinau gas pipeline. A feasibility study was carried out on the energy interconnection. “This project envisions the connection of Moldova’s energy system to the European area. Romania already forms part of the European area and any kind of such an agreement implies the consent of the European partners,” said Daniel Ionita.
He noted that the Romanian and Moldovan energy systems could be connected asynchronously by the end of 2020. Besides power lines, there should be also built a back-to-back station that would transform the alternative power that would come from Romania into continuous power and then back, which is something indispensable.