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Breaking news18 February 2019 16:15

Pavel Philip:’’Through the connection to the Romanian gas system, our country connects to the European gas system’’

The largest energy interconnection project between Moldova and Romania continues through the construction of the Iasi-Ungheni gas pipeline, up to Chisinau. The construction works of the Ungheni – Chisinau pipeline started today, in the presence of Prime Minister Pavel Filip and the Vice-prime Minister of Romania for the implementation of strategic partnerships, Ana Birchall, TRIBUNA informs.

The head of the Executive said that the project is of national interest and of strategic importance. Through the Iasi-Ungheni pipeline, almost 1 million m3 of gas was delivered per year. This means that the Ungheni district and several other localities received Romanian gas in recent years. After the implementation of the second phase and investments of 93 million euros, the Ungheni-Chisinau gas pipeline of 120 km will be able to provide our country with all the necessary volume of natural gas.

“Today, we are taking the second step towards the security and energy independence. After many years in which the price of gas was used as a scarecrow by those who delivered it to Moldova, we are approaching the day when this will not happen again. Our country will be able to make decisions for the benefit of the citizens without risking any danger. And that’s because we have the second alternative source, “the prime minister said.

Pavel Filip also mentioned that concrete projects unite the Republic of Moldova and Romania. “Today and in this way the symbolic union is produced. By concrete projects and not declarations, the union is made. Through our connection to the Romanian gas system, our country connects to the European gas system. Romania connects Moldova to Europe.”

The vice- prime minister Ana Birchall reiterated the firm commitment of the Romanian side to further support our country in its European path, including through energy infrastructure projects. “Romania was, is and will remain the strongest supporter of the Republic of Moldova. Through such strategic projects, we aim to achieve an irreversible connection of the Republic of Moldova to the European space and we want to contribute to ensuring a better living for every citizen of the Republic of Moldova, “said Ana Birchall.

The Ungheni-Chisinau gas pipeline is the second phase of the Iasi-Ungheni-Chisinau interconnection project. The Iasi-Ungheni pipeline was put into operation in 2014, and now the gas pipeline will be extended to Ungheni-Chisinau. The completion of the second phase of the project involves the construction of the gas transport pipeline, the three natural gas delivery stations and the guidance centre in Ghidighici. The works will be done by Transgaz company, within a maximum of 23 months. At the same time, the representatives of the company said that the gas pipeline could be finished within one year.

Cristina Pendea

Trainee translator: Mihaela Grosu

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