Brussels pressures Romania to integrate gas market

The European Commission has challenged Romania’s grid operator Transgaz over underinvestment in infrastructure that it says may prevent exports to neighbouring countries The European Commission has challenged Romania’s grid operator Transgaz over underinvestment in infrastructure that it says may prevent exports to neighbouring countries.
By Andreas Walstad 9 June 2017 0 26295
Romanian gas wells. The country has considerable gas and coal reserves. (Petrom)

Romanian grid operator Transgaz may have abused its dominant position in the country’s gas market by implementing strategies to prevent gas exports to other countries, according to the European Commission.

The commission opened a formal antitrust investigation into Transgaz on 1 June, one year after it raided the offices of several Romanian energy companies. Transmission fees on interconnectors, underinvestment in new grid infrastructure and “unfounded technical arguments as a pretext to prevent or justify delays” of gas exports were among the concerns that may...

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