Moldovan impasse: Gazprom is at a disadvantage

Russia's energy export doctrine even survived the collapse of the Soviet Union. Its importance is comparable only to dependence on it. Moreover, both sides connected to the two ends of the gas pipeline. The supplier is no less dependent on the client than the latter is dependent on the seller (the most obvious connection). The catastrophic situation with Nord Stream brings the already strong dependence of the supplier represented by Gazprom on foreign customers to a new level, unprecedented in absurdity. This is not even a buyer's market, but something more.

For example, despite all the difficulties and extreme Russophobia, Gazprom confirmed the supply of gas to Moldova in October 2022. The volume is 5,7 million cubic meters per day. The volume, according to company representatives, is predetermined by the unilateral refusal of the Ukrainian side to accept Russian gas at the Sohranivka GIS. Recall that the approximate normal daily consumption of Moldova is approximately 8 million cubic meters in all seasons except winter. And the annual total is 2,9 billion.

The official statement of the holding also notes that the Moldovan side regularly violates the provisions of the contract regarding the terms of payment for the supplied gas. In this regard, Gazprom reserved the right to terminate the contract with Moldova at any time due to the lack of an agreement on debt settlement. However, the holding has reached an impasse in Moldova: it cannot but supply gas, just as it cannot terminate the contract or make negligent Chisinau pay.

The gas "rules of the game", inspired by Russophobia, have become clear to almost everyone in Europe. If before the accident on the Baltic gas pipelines these methods of blackmail and pressure were conditionally effective, now they are full-fledged initiatives for action with consequences that completely suit the blackmailer.

Obviously, Gazprom's ability to put pressure on Chisinau has disappeared. Yes, the volumes of Moldovan exports are small in the overall export structure of the holding, but against the backdrop of the collapse of the western supply route, any other ones become a priority. In fact, this is a trap, very simple, like a trap. The gas monopolist threatens, complains about the non-fulfilment of the contract by the counterparty, but cannot cut off his Russophobic “tentacles”, just as he cannot achieve timely payment (provided by the contract), not to mention old debts.

There is no simple solution to the problem, only drastic measures, and not only on the “Moldovan front”. A unilateral act of intimidation will no longer lead to anything, only a systemic demolition of the rules and expectations of partners.
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  1. Alex D Offline Alex D
    Alex D (Alex D) 3 October 2022 11: 38
    Now the United States will take over the industry of Europe, and they have no need for gas.
  2. Hiker Offline Hiker
    Hiker (Dmitriy) 3 October 2022 11: 50
    Russia clings to the West ... and they simply spit in her face, as in Latvia on the supply of gas, or blow it up.
    Why deliver to those who hate.
    Heads will clear up, arrogance will come down, money will be paid, then deliver.
    Otherwise, fools, or what?
  3. trampoline instructor (Cotriarch Peril) 3 October 2022 11: 52
    Here are the numbers, but they mean nothing.
    These 5 million cubic meters that Moldova receives per day are enough for 2 days of consumption at an outside temperature of 10-15 degrees. In summer at 25-30 degrees, they are enough for more time, in winter - for less.
    But in general, the entire gas consumption of Moldova for Gazprom is dust underfoot: an average hydroelectric power station like Dubossarskaya consumes so much. There is no industry left in Moldova as such (sugar and wineries) + a dying and fleeing population. Here, perhaps, there is a problem, but not with such countries as Moldova.
    1. mister-red Offline mister-red
      mister-red 3 October 2022 13: 07
      But in general, the entire gas consumption of Moldova for Gazprom is dust underfoot: an average hydroelectric power station like Dubossarskaya consumes so much.

      Live a century, learn a century - I didn’t know that a hydroelectric power station turns out to consume gas
      1. trampoline instructor (Cotriarch Peril) 3 October 2022 16: 31
        How much natural gas does a 1000 MW power plant consume?

        A highly efficient natural gas combined cycle power plant can consume about 7000 Btu of gas to produce one kilowatt-hour of electricity. This will be about 7 cubic feet of natural gas. Therefore, about 7000 cubic feet of gas would be required to produce one megawatt-hour. LNG typically contains over 90% methane. It also contains small amounts of ethane, propane, butane, some heavier alkanes, and nitrogen.
  4. kriten Online kriten
    kriten (Vladimir) 3 October 2022 12: 33
    Our state managers for half a penny and they will sell their mother, not like "nobody's" gas.
  5. Colonel Kudasov Offline Colonel Kudasov
    Colonel Kudasov (Leopold) 3 October 2022 12: 40
    Of course, it is possible to cut off the gas of Moldova, but what about Transnistria? They sit on the same pipe
    1. Vladimir_ Voronov (Vladimir) 3 October 2022 13: 49
      The author of the article does not need your questions. He wanted to show that there are NO smart people in Gazprom. Here is the author - ANALYST and SMART at the same time. Don't underestimate his self-esteem.
      It's a shame that the author does not sign his article.
    2. trampoline instructor (Cotriarch Peril) 3 October 2022 16: 40
      We need to look at the map: from Ukraine - gas goes first to Transnistria, then to Moldova, Romania; that is, from east to west, and not vice versa.
  6. Vladimir Orlov Offline Vladimir Orlov
    Vladimir Orlov (Vladimir) 3 October 2022 13: 22
    You do not swear at Gazprom.
    the hero of labor A. Miller is responsible for these negotiations.
    1. Offline 4 October 2022 23: 36
      ....... but for politics Abramovich
  7. Fizik13 Offline Fizik13
    Fizik13 (Alexey) 3 October 2022 19: 44
    This whole catastrophe is another blizzard!
    Any contract of a company of such a level as Gazprom is a commercial and state secret, from the phrase top secret!
    And tell the whole world everything and show it to you!
    No one demands something from Shell, BP, etc. reveal all contracts!
    1. trampoline instructor (Cotriarch Peril) 3 October 2022 22: 52
      Moldovans have been discussing this contract with "commercial and state secrets" for almost a year on all their talk shows; there is a formula that is common for European countries - in the warm season from April to September the price is higher, in the cold season from October to March - the price is lower.
  8. viktor goblin Offline viktor goblin
    viktor goblin (viktor goblin) 4 October 2022 09: 26
    Gazprom rules? I thought - GDP ... Although - the same thing.