Moldovagaz said it is ready to independently reserve the required volume of gas from Gazprom through Ukraine. This is stated in a message published on the company’s website.
JSC Moldovagaz stated that in the current situation it is ready to reserve and pay on its own for additional natural gas transmission capacities through the territory of Ukraine, including on a daily basis. According to the information, published by the Ukrainian gas transport system operator, there are spare capacities of 15 million cubic meters of gas per day in the Sudzha interconnection point, the statement says, infotag.md reports.
The JSC Moldovagaz stated it stays in permanent contact with the Russian Gazprom on the issue of maintaining uninterrupted gas supplies to Moldova and will do everything possible to pay the current contractual obligations within the stipulated terms, including with the government assistance.
Earlier, Gazprom said that Ukraine does not provide the possibility to transit more gas for Moldova, so from October 1, it is limited to a volume of 5.7 million cubic meters, 30% less than the volume of gas Moldova needs. The contract with Moldovagaz stipulates that Gazprom has to reserve the necessary volumes for gas transit from Naftogaz Ukraine.
PJSC Gazprom also said on Tuesday that it could cut off gas supplies to Moldova if it fails to pay current payments on time. The Russian company said on Tuesday it could stop supplying gas to Moldova if it does not receive payment by October 20.