The natural gas production will grow with 4.5 percent in the next three years while imports will be maintained at the level from 2016 according to the energy equilibrium forecast published this month by the National Commission of Forecast.
Thus, the gas production will raise from 8.46 million tones fuel equivalent in 2016 to 8.46 million tep in 2017 (adding 1.3 percent annually) to 8.585 million tep in 2018 (adding 1.5 percent) and 8.73 million tep in 2019 (adding 1.7 percent).
In comparison, according to the estimations of the National Commission of Forecast, the gas imports will not be changed until 2019, being 290,000 tep annually. The usable natural gas imports will represent 2.4 percent of the total of primary energy resources imports in 2017 and 2018 and 2.3 percent in 2019.
The energy resources of Romania will go in 2017 to 42.065 million tones fuel equivalent (tep), an increase of 1.2 percent compared with this year, according to the energy equilibrium forecast.
The greatest part of these resources, 31.715 million tep will go into the internal consumption of the country and 6 million tep will represent exports. Moreover at the end of the year it is expected a stock of 4.35 million tep, said the National Commission of Forecast.