Nicolescu: Romania wouldn’t be in trouble even if Gazprom halts gas deliveries completely

Newsroom 15/09/2014 | 14:35

Romania wouldn’t have any problems during the winter even if Gazprom would completely halt gas deliveries and the winter ahead would be very difficult, delegate minister for Energy Razvan Nicolescu said on Monday.

Nicolescu showed that Russian gas deliveries will drop 10 percent from Tuesday until Sunday, mentioning that even now Gazprom’s representatives haven’t provided any motivation for their decision. 

“I tried to talk to the Russian ambassador today but it was not possible. I have been told he is not in Bucharest. I wanted to find out the reasons for these cutbacks, because Transgaz hasn’t received any word from Gazprom”, Nicolescu said.

He added that Monday’s imports are within established parameters. Moreover, Romania’s daily gas production is double the consumption so the population shouldn’t feel the pinch of losing Russian gas.

I think we need to get used to this situation in the weeks to come. Daily imported quantities are insignificant and there is no risk whatsoever for the winter period, even if the supply would be cut off completely until spring and even if we’re facing a very tough winter“, Nicolescu explained.

The official doesn’t exclude the possibility for the situation to within the hour.

“We hope that energy won’t be used as a political weapon, because those who would that would have compromise themselves”, Nicolescu said.


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