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The Iasi-Ungheni gas pipeline will be inaugurated on Wednesday by premiers Ponta and Leanca

Premier Victor Ponta and his counterpart of the Republic of Moldova will inaugurate on Wednesday the Iasi –Ungheni gas pipeline in an official visit which the prime-minister of Romania will make to the Republic of Moldova.

On Monday Ponta announced that in Kishinev he will take part to the activities dedicated to the Independence Day of the Republic of Moldova and will inaugurate in Ungheni the gas pipeline which will connect the two countries energetically.The two premiers will discuss on this occasion the bilateral projects and will visit a kindergarten built with funds from Romania.

The gas pipeline between Romania and the Republic of Moldova will transport in the years to come between 1.5 and 2 billion cubic metres per year, over the present level of imports of Russian gas of Moldova and the first deliveries are estimated to take place around 25 August.

The project on the Romanian side was finalised, including the subcrossing of the Prut. Up to 15 August it will be finalised on the Moldovanian side. Then there will be several testing days. Around 25 August technically speaking the first exchanges of gas between the two countries will be possible’ the minister delegated for energy Razvan Nicolescu said.

Romania produces annually, especially through OMV Petrom and Romgaz Medias approximately 11 billion cubic metres of gas and imports annually from the Russian Federation other 2.5-3 billion cubic metres of gas.

The Republic of Moldova, without the separatist Transnister, imports annually from Russia 1.1 billion cubic metres of natural gas. The imports of Transnister are another 1 billion cubic metres per year.

Before Transgaz Medias (TGN) and the newly-established Vest Moldo Transgaz of the Republic of Moldova start the delivery of gas sign an agreement of operation. At the same time, it is necessary that Romanian companies and the Republic of Moldova will sign commercial agreements of sale-purchase of gas.

The works with the gas pipeline between Romania and the Republic of Moldova on the route Iasi-Ungheni with a length of 43 km, were undergone in less than one year. Almost one third of the costs of the pipeline, namely 7 million euro was supported by European funds.

Romania exports already gas through the pipeline Arad-Szeged (Hungary) but the quantities delivered are reduced.