Moldova Plans Pipeline for Romanian Gas Supply

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CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — Romania has signed a 92-million-euro ($107-million) deal with Moldova to supply it with Romanian gas that will lessen its dependence on Russian gas.

Under the deal, a 75-mile (120 km) pipeline from southern Moldova to the capital Chisinau will be completed likely by the end of 2019.

Romanian national gas transporter Transgaz finalized the transaction to acquire Vestmoldtransgaz Thursday in a ceremony in the Moldovan capital attended by Romanian Economy Minister Danut Andrusca and Moldovan counterpart Chiril Gaburici.

Gaburici said it would increase energy security and he hoped “this will be a defining step in integrating Moldova in the European Union.”

Moldova currently gets some 95% of its natural gas from Russia.

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