Romania’s Transgaz ready to start construction of key gas pipeline in Moldova
Bucharest, May 7 - Neftegaz.RU. Romania’s natural gas transporter Transgaz, controlled by the Economy Ministry, has signed the contracts for the acquisition of all works related to the completion of the Ungheni - Chisinau gas pipeline in Moldova, according to a press release of the Economy Ministry.
The company had to repeat several times the tenders before finding contractors for the project. The project is of vital importance for Moldova since the deliveries of Russian gas through Ukraine become uncertain once the North Stream pipeline is completed.
Transgaz carries out this investment through Vestmoldtransgaz, the gas operator in the Republic of Moldova, which was privatized in 2018 to Eurotransgaz, the Moldovan subsidiary of Transgaz. The project involves the construction of a gas pipeline with a length of 120 km, 3 gas delivery stations (2 in Chisinau and 1 in Ungheni) and the upgrade of the dispatch center located at Ghidighici.
The gas transport network on the Ungheni - Chisinau route is the 2nd phase of the Iasi - Ungheni - Chisinau interconnection project. The Iasi-Ungheni interconnection is already functional.
"Through Transgaz's activity in Moldova, we prove that we strongly support the pro-European path of this state and the joint investment projects, these being a safe way toward the welfare of Moldovan citizens.
Transgaz already has a strong role to play in ensuring the energy security of the European Union by working on BRUA. With the acquisition of Vestmoldtransgaz it has become a Romanian multinational in the field of energy," said economy minister Niculae Bădălau on the occasion of Transgaz announcing the big step in the project.