For the first 150 meters of consumed gas, the gas rate for household users will not increase, no matter what the National Agency for Energy Regulation decides, Prime Minister Natalia Gavrilița stated at the beginning of the January 26 meeting of the Cabinet, IPN reports.
“For domestic consumers of natural gas, the rate in February and March for the first 150 cubic meters of consumed gas will not rise. We will keep the mechanism by which 50 cubic meters of gas cost 6.8 lei, while the next 100 cubic meters cost 7.9 lei. Moreover, we decided to come up with compensatory programs intended for particular business entities. We are working on a number of scenarios and these will be discussed with representatives of business entities,” said the Premier.
The Government will consider possibilities for supporting the gas consuming companies that produce such bare essentials as bread and milk and small and medium-sized companies that consume gas. “We are also discussing other programs that can increase the purchasing power of categories of employees and of vulnerable families,” said Natalia Gavrilița.
Moldovagaz requestred the National Agency for Energy Regulation to increase the average natural gas rate for end users from 9.227 lei to 13.418 lei per cubic meter of gas. It said the rate for the natural gas at points leaving low pressure distribution networks should be raised from 10.196 lei la to 14.437 lei per cubic meter (without VAT), medium pressure distribution networks – from 8.586 lei to 12.827 lei per cubic meter, and high pressure distribution networks – from 8.268 lei to 12.509 lei per cubic meter.