Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Infrastructure and Regional Development Andrei Spinu considers the signed agreement with Gazprom to be good. He said so at a press conference on Tuesday.
“I think we have signed a good agreement with Gazprom. Thanks to this agreement, we receive gas at prices significantly lower than the world market prices,” Spinu said, reports infotag.md
He noted that in November 2021 the average price on the European market was $1104 per 1,000 cubic meters, and Moldova received gas at a price of $485 per 1,000 cubic meters (savings of 56%), in December 2021, the market price was $986 per 1,000 cubic meters (savings of 54%), in January 2022, the market price is $1,359 per 1,000 cubic meters, and the gas price for Moldova is $646 per 1,000 cubic meters (savings of 52%).
He confirmed that the issue of gas price formation was discussed last week at a meeting of the Supreme Security Council, as well as at a meeting of the working group on energy created under the Ministry of Infrastructure.
“This is due to the fact that the gas crisis did not end in November, after the signing of the contract with Gazprom. We didn’t see it’s end in December or January either. It will end when abnormal gas prices return to normal levels. But Moldova has too few opportunities to influence energy prices at the European level,” Spinu said.
Answering journalists’ questions about the possibility of renegotiating the terms of the contract with Gazprom, he said that “we are not talking about it now.”
“Of course, we would like even better conditions for the country and for consumers. But we have a favorable agreement. Thanks to this agreement, we have saved about six billion lei (about 300 million euros) in three months. And the gas crisis that continues is not provoked by Moldova or Moldovagaz, it is connected with the market situation,” Spinu stressed.
Answering journalists’ questions about the reasons for the emergence of new difficulties with paying for gas, he ruled out political pressure from Russia.
“The increase in gas prices is not related to politics. This is the situation on the European market, which is taken into account in the contract,” Spinu said.