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CHISINAU, November 20. /TASS/. The Moldovan government has prepared for possible disruptions in the natural gas supplies via Ukrainian territory, Moldovan Vice Premier, Economics Minister Adrian Candu told TASS in an interview on Thursday.
“Who can forecast what may happen this winter with the Russian gas transit via Ukraine? If gas conflicts between Moscow and Kiev break out again, this will affect us as well. For this case, the government has worked out alternative scenarios of possible gas supply to consumers,” Candu said. He said he hoped that Moldova would live through this winter without emergencies.
The vice premier said the pipe running via Ukrainian territory is the main source of natural gas from Russia. To diversify the supplies, Moldova, with the help of Romania and the European Union, has built the Iasi-Ungheni gas pipeline that unites the two counties’ gas transportation networks. However, so far its capacity is rather small for meeting the republic’s needs — with the annual Moldova’s demand of 1 billion cubic meters of gas it can supply only 50 million cubic meters.
“It will reach full capacity only in 2017 after the Ungheni-Chisinau pipeline is built. This project will solve the problem of Moldova’s energy security, except for the Dniester region. We will be able to buy gas based on solely economic considerations such as the price, quality and the terms of supply,” Candu said.