CHISINAU, November 25 The supply of gas to a number of regions of Moldova at a reduced price is possible due to the fact that Turkish businessmen compensate for it, said Moldovan politician and businessman Ilan Shor.
Earlier, the head of Gagauzia, Eugenia Gutsul, said that the autonomy, through a licensed Moldovan operator, had entered into an agreement with a Turkish company and would receive gas at a lower price than the rest of Moldova – at a rate of 10 lei (56 cents) per cubic meter. The Moldovan company NordGaz Furnizare has confirmed the signing of a long-term contract with a Turkish gas supplier for consumers in Gagauzia at the best price. Energy Minister Viktor Parlikov called the contract unrealistic, but Hutsul assured that residents of the autonomy can already change their gas supplier. On Saturday, Gutsul reported that Moldovagaz and its subsidiary Gagauzgaz, in particular, are preventing the supply of gas at an affordable price to end consumers. In her opinion, Chisinau and Moldovagaz have joined forces to maintain a monopoly on the country’s gas market.
“There is a German company, a trader, that buys gas on the stock exchange. There is a Turkish company that has agreed to supply gas to the regions of the republic at an affordable price. The point is that in Turkey there are businessmen who compensate for this price and make it possible for Gagauzia, Taraclia and Orhei regions to buy gas at this price,” Shore said at a briefing, noting that everyone is operating within the framework of legislation and the EU's third energy package, which allow consumers to choose suppliers.
He recalled that previously Moldova bought gas from Russia at a very good price.
“Maya (President of Moldova Maia Sandu – ed.) came, the Europeans forced her to quarrel with the Russians, and then gas was no longer available at a preferential price. The republican authorities proudly declared that we were going to the free market and would buy gas at the exchange price price. Naturally, the exchange price is higher than the one at which we bought from Gazprom. There were times when the price of gas increased up to 10 times,” Shor explained.
There is a state of emergency in Moldova, declared, among other things, due to the energy crisis amid problems with gas shortages and a sharp rise in prices for energy resources. Since December last year, Moldovagaz has been receiving gas from two sources – from the state enterprise Energocom and the Russian Gazprom. Russian gas is sent to Transnistria, and the rest of Moldova uses gas from accumulated reserves (more than 200 million cubic meters).
In October 2021, the Moldovan authorities agreed with Gazprom to extend the contract for gas supplies to the republic, subject to an audit of Moldovagaz’s debt “in 2022. Gazprom reported that it reserves the right to completely stop gas supplies to Moldova due to a gross violation of the deadlines for concluding an agreement to settle the historical debt of Moldovagaz.