CHISINAU, 13 Oct – PRIME. Moldovan President Maia Sandu thanked Romania for promptly providing support to Chisinau after Ukraine’s refusal to supply electricity to the republic.
Earlier Thursday, Romanian Energy Minister Virgil Popescu announced that Hidroelectrica (Hydroelectric) and Moldovan state-owned Energocom (Energocom) had signed an agreement to supply electricity to Moldova.
“Romania is helping us again – from tomorrow we will buy electricity across the Prut (a river on the Moldovan-Romanian border – ed.). The decision of the government of a neighboring country was taken after Ukraine suspended electricity supplies earlier this week. Thank you, Romania! We we appreciate this quick response and generous help at a time of great trials for us,” Sandu wrote on her official social media pages.
The President called on the people of Moldova to save electricity, according to Sandu, the country’s authorities are making efforts to cover the shortage of electricity.
“Together we will survive this winter and will be stronger when it is over,” the head of the republic noted.
Moldova is experiencing an energy crisis due to rising energy prices. In addition, since October 11, Ukraine has stopped supplying electricity to the republic. Chisinau stated that the Moldavskaya GRES (located on the territory of Transnistria) remained the main supplier of electricity. The authorities called on the population of the country to urgently save electricity, especially from 7.00 to 10.00 and from 18.00 to 23.00 Moscow time, and state-owned enterprises also received instructions to reduce energy consumption.
Earlier, Deputy Prime Minister of Moldova Andrei Spinu said that the republic would be able to purchase up to 30% of the required volume of electricity from Romania at a price of 90 euros per MW.