Brussels pressures Romania to integrate gas market

By Andreas Walstad 9 June 2017
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Romanian gas wells. The country has considerable gas and coal reserves. (Petrom) 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 run counter to the Article 102 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU, it said. 

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