Russian gas supplies to Romania on Wednesday declined by 18 percent
Russian gas supplies to Romania on Wednesday declined by 18 percent compared to the normal quantities, Minister-delegate for Energy Razvan Nicolescu told Agerpres.
"The cut Gazprom announced today [Wednesday] for Transgaz is of 18 percent compared to the quantities reported based on the requests of the Romanian beneficiaries. The quantities are below 0.2 million cubic meters per day. There's no reason to worry," Nicolescu said.
In early October, Razvan Nicolescu met with the Russian Federation's Ambassador to Romania Oleg Malginov. Attending the meeting were also representatives of Transgaz.
Oleg Malginov did not confirm there would be other cuts in Russian gas deliveries to Romania, the Energy Department announced.
"We reiterate the fact there have recently been several intentions announced by the Gazprom Dispatch Unit in Sofia to cut natural gas supplied to Romania. According to data centralized by Transgaz, a single such intention resulted in an actual decline in deliveries. There was no confirmation as regards other cuts," the release reads.
A day later, Russia cut once again the supplies, by 13 percent.
The Energy Department claimed more than once that the population will not be affected by these cuts, even if the Russians cease all supplies until next spring. The national production amounts to 31 million cubic meters per day, and the consumption to about 16 million cubic meters a day. In addition, there are over 2.4 billion cubic meters gas reserves, compared to 1.7 billion cubic meters, the necessary storage for this winter.