October 2, 2014 / 9:44 AM / 5 years ago

Gazprom gas deliveries to Romania fall 13 pct-Energy Minister

BUCHAREST, Oct 2 (Reuters) - Gas deliveries from Russia’s Gazprom to Romania fell by 13 percent on Wednesday compared with nominated volumes from state-owned gas grid operator Transgaz, the European Union state’s energy ministry said on Thursday.

Gazprom has scaled down its deliveries to several central and eastern European states over the past weeks.

Russian gas volumes to Romania are currently very low, at less than 0.2 million cubic metres per day, the ministry said in a statement.

Romania is the third-most energy-independent state in the European Union, with a mix including gas, coal, hydro, nuclear and renewable energy, and unlike many of its emerging European peers it imports only a fifth of its gas needs from Russia.

It produces roughly 31 million cubic metres a day, mainly through state gas producer Romgaz and oil and gas group Petrom, controlled by Austria’s OMV.

Energy Minister Razvan Nicolescu told Reuters Romania has stored 2.6 billion cubic metres of gas in underground facilities for its winter programme, 1 billion more than mandated by energy regulator ANRE. (Reporting by Luiza Ilie; Editing by Radu Marinas and Susan Thomas)

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