Romania: Gas imports rose highly during last week

, SEE Energy News

OMV Petrom stopped several installations at the Hurezani gas hub, where the country’s main gas treatment plant is located. Romania’s gas imports amounted to 20 % of national consumption on Friday 18 September. According to data published by Romanian natural gas transmission system operator Transgaz, on Friday at 14:00 in the national gas system were 25.2 million cubic meters per day, of which 19.4 million cubic meters of domestic production and 5.8 million cubic meters of imported gas.

The share of imports (20 % of the total) is very high, given that, during the summer, domestic production usually covers the country’s consumption.

However, the situation is due to the fact that the largest Romanian gas producer OMV Petrom has started repair works at the Hurezani installations, the main gas hub in the country, works that will last several days. Thus, the production was reduced from usual 5 to 6 million cubic meters per day to 2.5 million cubic meters.