By Sabina Mammadli
Moldova turns to Azerbaijan as an alternative supplier of gas,
Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Spinu said.
The remarks were made at the Romanian International Gas
Conference, organized by the Romanian Oil and Gas Employers'
“In the long term, we are trying to find alternative supplies
with our partners, such as Azerbaijan, and Romania. However, we
need to overcome this winter first. Moldova is quite small, thus
our demand is small as well. For us, this is more about
affordability, than security,” he said.
The minister pointed out that what Moldova needs right now is
solidarity. He mentioned that new mechanisms have to be developed
to help such countries as Moldova, or Ukraine, to overcome the
“Let me be very clear, Moldova is the first country to be hit by
Gazprom's supply cuts. In the case of Moldova, we do not have any
resources. And when we are put under these circumstances, this hits
the direct consumers, which are households and industries,” he
Further, Spinu noted that the country has already been
decreasing its gas consumption by almost 20 percent since the
beginning of September.
Speaking with a similar notion, Bulgarian Energy Minister Rossen
Hristov said that getting gas from such partners as Azerbaijan is a
priority for Bulgaria.
“We have been working heavily on reducing the gas supplies from
Russia. Our priority is diversification, which is getting gas from
such partners as Azerbaijan, or Turkiye. October 1 is the day when
the IGB (Interconnector Greece-Bulgaria) will start working. The
initial capacity of it is 3 billion cubic meters with a potential
increase to 5 billion cubic meters of gas,” the minister noted.
He added that investing in infrastructure is a key priority for
the country and there is no single country that can deal with these
Moreover, Hungarian State Secretary of the Foreign Ministry
Péter Sztáray noted that the increase in gas supplies from
Azerbaijan is extremely important for Europe.
The minister stressed that Hungary is in close cooperation with
its immediate partners such as Azerbaijan, Turkiye, and Georgia in
finding ways to diversify its energy imports.
“Hungary is in a very special position. We have already built
gas interconnectors for six or seven of our neighbors. But there
are still missing decisions and a lack of infrastructure. Until we
can fully diversify our supplies, we cannot fully destroy our
economies just for the sake of sanctioning Russia,” he noted.
The IGB gas pipeline is designed to connect the Greek national
gas transmission system (DESFA S.A.) and the Trans-Adriatic gas
pipeline (TAP AG) in the area of Komotini (Greece), and with the
Bulgarian gas transmission system (Bulgartransgaz EAD) in the area
of Stara Zagora. The total length of the gas pipeline is 182 km,
the diameter of the pipe is 32'', and a design capacity of up to 3
billion m3/year in the direction of Greece-Bulgaria.
The pipeline is designed to increase its capacity up to 5 bcm/y
depending on market interest and the capacities of neighboring gas
The opening ceremony of the Interconnector Greece-Bulgaria was
held in Komotini on July 8.
Sabina Mammadli is AzerNews' staff journalist, follow her on
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