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PM: Romania capable of coping with gas supply for winter
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15:02, January 08, 2009

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Romania has enough of its own natural gas stocks and production to manage despite the cut-off of its Russian gas supplies, Prime Minister Emil Boc said Wednesday.

Boc made the statement after discussing the natural gas crisis with President Traian Basescu. He said that they agreed that Romania has to look for alternative energy resources so as to avoid similar problems in the future.

Romania fell victim to the Russia-Ukraine gas dispute and was deprived of nearly 7 million cubic meters a day after Russia cut off all gas supplies to Europe through Ukraine, Boc said.

Boc said that with current stocks, Romania is capable of supplying enough gas for heating in the winter as long as there is no extreme weather.

Romania's daily gas consumption is estimated at 58.9 million cubic meters, of which 33 million cubic meters come from domestic production, Boc said.

Romania's underground natural gas reserve totals 2 billion cubic meters, which made Romania relatively less reliant on Russia's gas. Despite pressure created by the cut-off, Romania's gas stocks can last for three months, he said.

Romania declared a state of emergency Wednesday after the gas cut-off.

Russia shut off all gas supplies to Europe through Ukraine on Wednesday. As of Wednesday, nations without Russian gas included Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Greece, Italy, Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Turkey.


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