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Monday, 19 February 2018 12:15

“Our country has the low degree of dependence on external supply sources”, Deputy Energy Minister of Romania Featured

“Our country has the low degree of dependence on external supply sources”, Deputy Energy Minister of Romania

Caspian Energy (CE): Mr. Tudorache, how would you assess the results of the recent SGC Advisory Council meeting? What role do you assign to Romania in the SGC and what hopes do you rest on it? Which transit pipelines cross Romania?

Deputy Minister of Energy of Romania, Iulian-Robert Tudorache: First of all I would like to thank Mr. Parviz Shahbazov, Minister of Energy of Republic of Azerbaijan, and Mr. Maros Sefcovic, Vice President of the European Commission for Energy Union, for the invitation adressed to Romania to attend the 4th meeting of the Southern Gas Corridor Advisory Council. It was no doubt a great event for discussion and evaluations aimed to successfully complete the implementation of this priority gas infrastructure project.

The Southern Corridor project is an extraordinary example of what can be done when countries work together and when I say this I mean not only the countries that are directly involved in this implementation effort but also the significant and constant support provided by other potential beneficiary countries of this project in the forthcoming expansion stages.

Romania will remain a supporter of the Southern Corridor Project and its development plans. We are actively involved in the development of a modern and efficient gas transmission network in the region, fact already demonstrated by Romania through its decision in the implementation of the BRUA project, a connect of the natural gas transmission systems between Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary and Austria, which can take over some of the gas volumes  that could be available through the Southern Corridor infrastructure. BRUA project, along with the Interconnector between Romania and Bulgaria could represent an important link between Southern Gas Corridor and Central Europe, in the next stages of project expansion.

The international gas transmission activity takes place on the Balkan Corridor, from the Russian Federation to Bulgaria, Turkey, Greece and Macedonia. In the development plan of the National Gas Transmission System it is envisaged its connection with the gas Transit pipes. Looking ahead, given the favorable position to actively participate in the development of Pan-European gas pipeline projects, if the Russian Federation no longer uses infrastructure offered by the gas Transit pipes through Romania, there is the possibility for Romania to use it in other proposed gas transmission projects in the region.


CE: What stage has the process on signing of contracts for gas supply to Hungary from Romania reached?

Iulian-Robert Tudorache: The interconnection between Romania and Hungary, in the direction of Arad - Szeged, was put into operation in July 2010. The flow is from Hungary to Romania. In order to be able to increase the transport capacity in the direction of Romania - Hungary at a value of 1.75 billion cubic m/year and the subsequent assurance of the maximum capacity of 4.4 billion cubic m/year, technical developments are necessary at the level of the Romanian transport and at the level of Hungary system. The technical conditions for a bidirectional gas flow on Romania-Hungary interconnection will be achieved through the implementation of the project Bulgaria-Romania-Hungary-Austria, called for short BRUA, which will allow the transport of gas volumes to Hungary, from various sources, including from the Black Sea.


CE: What is the gas demand rate in your market?

Iulian-Robert Tudorache: The average annual consumption of Romania is about 13 billion cubic meters, of which Romania assures over 90% of its domestic production. Of course, we cannot ignore the importance of imports to cover peak consumption when unfavorable weather conditions increase demand beyond the possibilities of domestic sources of supply.

Regarding the import of gas, a common practice in the cold season in all EU countries, in Romania the average of imports in recent years was below 10% from consumption, our country having one of the lowest degrees of dependence on the external sources of supply.


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