The Moldovan government bought natural gas, not from the Russian Gazprom for the first time in 30 years, but signed a contract for the supply of 1 million cubic meters of gas with a Polish state-owned company, Interfax reports.
The contract for a trial purchase of 1 million cubic meters of gas was signed between the Moldovan state company Energocom and the Polish PGNiG.
“The Government of the Republic of Moldova informs that today, on October 25, 2021, a contract was signed for a trial purchase of one million cubic meters of natural gas between the state-owned company Energocom and the Polish company PGNiG. This is the first purchase of gas from alternative sources in the history of Moldova,” the message says.
The press service does not disclose the price of the deal with the Polish PGNiG, but emphasizes that "the tariff that citizens pay for natural gas remains unchanged."
According to the report, during the tender, which was announced last Friday, Energocom received seven bids.
“The purchase of this gas is carried out to test the possibility of importing gas from alternative sources and to balance the low pressure in the natural gas supply system,” the government said.
The Cabinet of Ministers "is negotiating with the Russian Federation and Gazprom to sign a long-term agreement on the supply of natural gas."
The pilot delivery partner of PGNiG Supply & Trading will be the American-Ukrainian ERU Group. The delivery will take place at the Moldovan-Ukrainian border.
To recap, Moldova and Russia cannot agree on the price of gas, Gazprom can completely stop supplies.