Recent months have been a time of intense Russian gas imports to Romania. From the beginning of January to 11 May, the country purchased 1.1 bcm of “blue fuel” from that pipeline.
Although the volume seems small, it looks impressive when compared with the figures for 2019, as only 0.96 bcm of raw material was imported from the Russian Federation in all of 2019.
At the beginning of the year, deliveries were mainly made via the Trans-Balkan Pipeline (using the Ukrainian route) and via Turkish Stream. Since 1 April, all supplies have been flowing via the Black Sea. If the current import dynamics were maintained (which, however, seems unlikely), the total volume could reach a record 3 bcm by the end of the year.
Analysts predict that if the process of mining new deposits on the Black Sea does not begin, imports will account for a whopping 40% of domestic gas consumption. In this context, it is noteworthy that over the last ten years or so, deposits estimated to contain about 170-200 bcm of gas have been confirmed in Romania’s exclusive economic zone.
By Annie Cook (photo: