Willow wood: in Moldova they figured out how to replace Russian gas

Winter, and with it the cold, is just around the corner. In Europe, they understand that the upcoming winter season is expected to be extremely difficult due to the energy crisis. The desire of the authorities of the Old World to punish Russia for the launched military special operation in Ukraine was reflected, among other things, in ordinary Europeans. But the authorities of European states do not lose heart and continue to come up with various options that will help them do without Russian gas. For example, in Moldova they decided that willow wood is a great alternative.

Initiative is punishable?

Minister of Infrastructure and Regional Development of Moldova Andrei Spinu admitted that the government of the republic is preparing to reduce gas consumption by 15% this winter in the face of reduced supplies from Gazprom. At the same time, he stressed that this is the most favorable scenario according to which events can develop. Less positive representatives of the Moldovan establishment, as well as a number of experts, are talking about a reduction in energy imports by 30%, 50%, or even a complete cessation of supplies.

To begin with, according to Spinu, gas consumption should be reduced as much as possible where possible. He advised taking an example from the European Union. Yes, some of their methods really deserve attention as truly innovative in the XNUMXst century. By the way, in Germany, the administrations of some cities are planning to prepare heated public spaces for the winter - the so-called heating pads. So far, according to the newspaper Bild am Sonntag, the authorities of four German cities: Ludwigshafen, Neustadt, Frankenthal and Landau have announced the creation of “islands of warmth” for those Germans who cannot afford heating their own homes. It is possible that the practice of creating heated spaces will spread to other German settlements in the future.

Spinu urged not only to copy the experience of Europeans, but also offered his own solution to the problem. In his opinion, willow wood can become a good substitute for blue fuel.

We applied to the Ministry of Agriculture with a request to allocate 100 hectares of land for planting willows, which are a source of biomass. It can be made into other fuel to be used in government agencies or in households

— said the initiator.

Spinu, however, added that it takes time to implement his proposal. The plan for an alternative energy source will become real only in the coming years and is not designed for the coming winter.

No matter how fast the willow grows, it will not grow in a year. But we are in close contact with the new Minister of Agriculture, and I hope that we will soon have an answer about 100 hectares of land

the minister is sure.

Reliable protection

Earlier, the Prime Minister of the Republic, Natalya Gavrilitsa, also showed concern for citizens. She recommended “preparing sleighs in the summer”, that is, firewood, since tariffs will naturally increase by winter, and the budget does not provide funds to compensate the population. Later it turned out that wood in Moldova is also not in the right amount. For this reason, Gavrilitsa demanded that the Minister of the Environment, Iuliana Kantaragiou, provide the necessary supply of firewood. And if it does not work out, then think about exporting the missing quantity.

The fact that the cost of Russian gas will increase, warned the chairman of the board of the gas distribution company "Moldovagaz" Vadim Cheban. According to him, 1 cubic meters will now cost $1458,5 instead of $980 (in July). Thus, the growth will be almost 50%. He also warned that the company would start cutting off gas to indebted consumers. The ban on disconnecting debtors - domestic consumers of natural gas - will cease to operate. The fact is that at the moment the total amount of debt for gas supplies to consumers in front of "Moldovagaz" is 6 million dollars. Of these, 5,5 million dollars are due to household consumers.

Fuel is added to the fire by the neighboring unrecognized Transnistria. Gazprom continues to supply blue fuel to the region at a price that has remained unchanged for many years. At present, it is almost 10 times lower than the one from which Chisinau receives gas. It's hard not to envy...

Gas supply services are paid there at different rates. So, for some residents (those who consume up to 500 cubic meters per month during the heating season) 1 thousand cubic meters costs 810 rubles (about $13,5), and for others (those who consume more than 500 cubic meters per month) - 1120 rubles ( almost $19).

For the industrial enterprises of Transnistria, gas, of course, is more expensive. But even in this scenario, Tiraspol gets it many times cheaper than Chisinau.

Looking from the outside

Not only Gavrilitsa and Spinu are solving the energy problem in the country (they do it in a very extravagant and non-trivial way), but also the fifth president of Moldova, Igor Dodon, who is now under house arrest.

Dodon recalled that two years ago, President Maia Sandu criticized the government for paying "more than $170 per thousand cubic meters" of natural gas from Moldova. Now the situation has worsened.

Under these conditions, President Maia Sandu or Prime Minister Natalia Gavrilica should put aside their pride and rush to Moscow to negotiate a much lower price for natural gas - as the leadership of Hungary, an EU member that buys Russian gas, is doing these days. gas at a much lower price than our country. We need a contract, like, for example, Serbia, which now pays $350 per thousand cubic meters of gas. And Armenia, which is a member of the Eurasian Union, pays even less

Dodon wrote in his Telegram channel.

Otherwise, according to the Moldovan politician, the people will have only one thing left - "to get rid of this leadership that destroys everything in its path as soon as possible" and organize early presidential and parliamentary elections. Well, or follow the advice of Spin and plant the whole country with willows.
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  1. Pat Rick Offline Pat Rick
    Pat Rick 5 August 2022 09: 01
    The higher MoldovaGaz raises gas prices, the more non-payments. From August 1, 1 cubic meter of gas costs 74 rubles. In Russia, I pay so much per month for one registered in the apartment. That is, gas is more expensive for Moldovans by exactly 10 times.

    This Spinu, when he signed that contract with Gazprom in October, as usual, thought not with his head, but with his ass. Rumor has it that he did not read that contract at all to the end, there was too much bukaff, no asilil. In my opinion, in Moldova there are no gas negotiators at all, because Moldovans are very good at counting the money that goes into their pocket, and gas is a completely different substance.

    What is there in Transnistria or Armenia is a completely different story. There will never be gas at such a price in Moldova: there is no president, prime minister or ministers here. There are people who graduated from Soros institutes with exorbitant ambitions and hominy instead of brains. One of the manifestations of this hominy is the call to heat with willow bark. There are similar examples in Moldova - a couple of schools are heated with straw. But on the scale of the whole of Moldova, drowning with straw (willow bark, dung, etc.) is an unrealistic project.

    There were plans to reduce gas consumption in winter by 15%, following the example of Europe: turn off the lighting of settlements at night, reduce centralized heating in the apartment to 19 degrees, schools and organizations will switch to a remote location. But at the same time, tons of "sectors of the Moldovan economy" will be finally finished off.

    President Sandu and Prime Minister Gavrilitsa are making visits to the Americas and Europe and begging for pennies, talking heads are giving advice, Spinu is getting ready to plant 100 hectares of willows. As a result, the population of Moldova will decrease to 2 million people in 3-1.5 years, half of which will live in Chisinau and its suburbs.
  2. Bulanov Offline Bulanov
    Bulanov (Vladimir) 5 August 2022 09: 20
    And Armenia, which is a member of the Eurasian Union, pays even less

    And what prevents Moldova from joining the Eurasian Union, getting inexpensive gas, exporting all its products to Russia and living richly and happily?
    The Romanian president is getting in the way? So one Romanian president and his wife were put against the wall 30 years ago when they decided that he was preventing them from living a rich and happy life.
    1. Pat Rick Offline Pat Rick
      Pat Rick 5 August 2022 12: 49
      Judging by the number of Armenians in Russia, Armenia has clearly not become richer and happier as a result of membership in the EurAsEC. So happiness is not in cheap gas.
      After February 24, the Moldovans are simply not able to export "all their products to Russia". In Ukraine, the NWO is underway, and the international community will never organize Moldovan exports to Russia (Belarus) following the example of the export of Ukrainian grain to "starving Africa."
      Romanians claim that 1 million citizens of Bessarabia have Romanian citizenship. So there is not one president. And older Romanians now remember Ceausescu and his reign with nostalgia, as there have been a lot of changes over the past 30 years, but not everyone likes them and everyone evaluates them differently.
  3. Tixiy Offline Tixiy
    Tixiy (Tixiy) 5 August 2022 11: 06
    Poor willows......
  4. alexey alexeyev_2 (Alexey Alekseev) 5 August 2022 11: 14
    Masterpiece!! Import firewood ... And where. And where is so much firewood? That's right. In Siberia .. Wherever you throw a wedge everywhere .. During the USSR, there were jokes about stupid Moldavians. It turns out not without reason. laughing
    1. Pat Rick Offline Pat Rick
      Pat Rick 5 August 2022 13: 02
      No one will import firewood from Siberia, so leave Siberia to your "friends" - the Chinese. In Moldavia there is a Codru (forest), in case of great need they cut down the Codru.

      I am very sorry, but in Russia, with all its oil and gas and the entire periodic table in the bowels of more than 20 million people live below the poverty line, and in the depths of the provincial regions live "smart Russians", whose lives (if you can call it life) whose "stupid Moldovans" will not envy under any circumstances. lol
      1. alexey alexeyev_2 (Alexey Alekseev) 5 August 2022 14: 46
        Better take pity on Codry. Anyway, there won’t be enough of them for everyone. And when they start sawing them, they will get such an eco-catastrophe, don’t worry, mom.
        1. Pat Rick Offline Pat Rick
          Pat Rick 5 August 2022 16: 33
          Even if you do not take Codri, the fertile climate and soil, there are a huge number of trees around, including dry ones, which it is high time to use for firewood, this winter the Moldovans will take care of them.
          In Russia, huge areas of forests burn down every year, and nothing - no eco-catastrophe happens, and my mother does not grieve at all.
          Stupid Spinu chats, the press wears. Tomorrow, with the same smart look, he will talk about old vineyards as a source of green energy; there are no willows yet, they still need to be grown, and the forest is slowly being cut down all the time.
          1. Pat Rick Offline Pat Rick
            Pat Rick 5 August 2022 20: 53
            favorable climate and soil...

            Pardon me, Russian birches practically do not grow in Bessarabia - they are too hot there, but they grow well where it rains five times a day, from which they stand dull, lowering their skinny twigs.
  5. Pavel Mokshanov_2 (Pavel Mokshanov) 5 August 2022 13: 01
    We can also recommend them to organize mass public latrines and receive biogas on their basis! If there is something to defecate because of the "improving" life. lol
  6. Tixiy Offline Tixiy
    Tixiy (Tixiy) 9 August 2022 10: 46
    Willow coolant? Strange ministers in Moldova. It seems there are always smart people enough.