29 september, 2017

The Romanian natural gas transportation Transgaz SA has received all authorizations for building gas pipeline, which will connect Moldova and Romania, said Chairman of the enterprise Administrative Council Ion Sterian at the meeting with Moldovan Deputy Premier, Minister of Economy and Infrastructure Octavian Calmic in Bucharest.

According to the Ministry of Economy, they discussed details of extending the Iasi-Ungheni gas pipeline to Chisinau, including the necessary public procurements, time frames for providing proposals from potential contractors, the procedure of their consideration, criteria of establishing winners and the beginning of the construction.

The Moldovan side was presented a technical draft of Ungheni-Chisinau gas pipeline given all Moldova’s requirements, including for in most delicate places – in points of intersection of national roads, including the detour road in Chisinau and in Tohatin.

The Deputy Premier said to his interlocutor that in October it is expected the ratification of contracts on receiving 41.5 million euros each by the European Investment Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development for the project implementation, while in November-December a tender for choosing general contractor for building gas pipeline.

Calmic and Sterian agreed to synchronize the building works on both river banks to commission the pipeline before 2019.

The last details of building are planned to be discussed at the meeting of the Moldova-Romania Inter-Governmental Commission for Trade and Economic Cooperation, which will take place in Bucharest on October 13.

As Infotag has already reported, the cross-border gas pipeline Iasi-Ungheni with the length of 43 km was commissioned back in 2014 for avoiding Moldova’s dependence on one source – the Russian Gazprom. It’s cost accounted for 26.5 million euros, 80% of which were paid by Romanian and European partners. However, it has never worked in full.

The next stage of the project, the implementation of which started at the end of 2016, will become the building of a gas pipeline from Ungheni to Chisinau in the territory of Moldova, as well as of the Onesti-Letcani pipeline and a compressor station in the territory of Romania. The project completion will mean the unification of EU member countries with Eastern Partnership countries and ensuring the safety of gas supplying to the region. The implementation of the project will create prerequisites for the new sales market for gas in Moldova with a flow of 1.5 billion cubic meters per year. At the same time, new pipelines can ensure compatibility with the Moldovan gas system in terms of pressure, in order that the pressure at the border to be 38 bars.

In March, after joint sitting of the two countries’ Governments, Moldovan Prime Minister Pavel Filip said that Moldova is planning to complete the pipeline building by the end of 2018.

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