Legislative proposal to reduce natural gas tariffs

The President of Moldova Maia Sandu submitted to Parliament a draft law that enables to reduce the natural gas tariffs by eliminating unjustified costs in the amount of 150 million lei. The bill will take effect when it is passed by Parliament after being proposed for public consultations, IPN reports.

On her Facebook page, President Sandu said the legislative proposal introduces amendments to Natural Gas Law No. 108/2016 and provides that the amortization costs that appeared as a result of the reassessment of assets will be excluded. The bill stipulates that the assets can be amortized only once throughout their life.

“The procedure for reassessing the property was earlier performed at SA ”Moldovagaz”, in 2009. This enabled the company to include amortization costs of over 150 million lei in the natural gas tariffs without the company making particular investments. I consider it is inacceptable for the tariffs for consumers to be increased by using legislative shortcomings. The tariffs should include only justified costs that would ensure the normal functioning of regulated companies,” said the official.

According to Maia Sandu, the proposal will also enable to reduce the gas transit tariff and will stimulate the augmentation of the volume of gases transported via Moldova. “This aspect is important so as to increase revenues from transit and to maintain the main gas pipelines functional,” she posted on Facebook.

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