B?sescu, assertive on Romanian gas exports, Ukraine debt to Russia’s Gazprom

Not a stere, a gram of Romanian gas shall transit South Stream, President B?sescu said on Friday, after the European Council Summit on energy in Brussels. “A great gas deposit was discovered in the Black Sea, Domino area, last year, and these days Exxon discovered a second gas deposit in the Black Sea. Our target is to provide the Romanian economy and Republic of Moldova’s with 100 per cent domestic gas resources and later on to be able to export it, but provided one condition, already discussed with OMV CEO Gerhard Roiss and also with the Austrian ambassador in Bucharest, that not a single gram or stere of Romanian gas shall transit the estimated South Stream project which should go through Bulgaria. Any stere of Romanian gas shall be exported through Transgaz”, Traian B?sescu told a press conference.

The Romanian President also said that European Commission’s assessment that Romania is in danger if Russia reduces gas exports is “all wrong”. “They have received wrong data from the country, their analysis was wrong. Romania has no problem in providing energy resources on its own. We have a lot of steam power plants that can be immediately put on fuel oil or coal. So, Romania has no supply issue”, B?sescu said, adding that Baltic countries, Spain or Portugal, which are not connected to the European energy system are the ones that are encountering this kind of difficulties.

B?sescu also made a surprise move by stating that Kiev cannot ask for more money every day, but needs to find home resources to pay off gas debts. “Yes, I am a supporter of Ukraine. But it cannot ask for money every day. At the same time, we all know very well what IMF has said these days, that Ukraine must find domestic resources to pay off this debt”, B?sescu answered after he was asked what his opinion is about Ukraine’s asking for help to pay off its gas debts to Russia’ s Gazprom. “In case that Ukraine will face difficulties in paying, of course Romania will not oppose helping it to pay off its score. But Ukraine has to understand that a big country has to find resources to survive on its own, not to ask for money all the time”, the Romanian head of state concluded.

EU leaders on Thursday night, 23 October committed by 2030 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40%, and increase energy efficiency and renewables by at least 27%. Agreement was also reached on increasing the interconnectivity of Europe’s energy markets. Interconnectivity is an important part of the EU’s plans for Energy Union, which is partly intended to wean some member states off their dependence on Russian gas. Merkel said the EU is sending gas to Ukraine by reverse energy flows, but this would stop if it began to hurt the EU. Regarding energy security in the context of the Ukraine crisis, EU leaders endorsed further actions to reduce the EU’s energy dependence and increase its energy security for both electricity and gas. Without going into detail, EU leaders agreed to implement critical projects of common interest in the gas sector, such as the North-South corridor, the Southern Gas Corridor, and the promotion of a new gas hub in Southern Europe. Also mentioned were key infrastructure projects enhancing Finland’s and the Baltic States’ energy security. These countries were singled out as the most vulnerable in the case of a complete disruption of Russian gas supplies, www.euractiv.com informed.








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