A new high-pressure main gas pipeline, Balti – Ungheni, was officially commissioned here on Tuesday, the Moldovagaz Moldo-Russian company has reported.
This essential object is one of the important-most items of the Republic of Moldova’s 2007-2020 Energy Strategy and of the National Gas Program for a period ending in 2010.
The 170-million-lei facility will bring natural gas to over 140 towns and villages in the raions of Singerei, Falesti and Ungheni. The construction of the 99.2-km-long pipeline kicked off in May 2008, and its first stage (58.2 km) was completed in late 2008.Within the line construction project, the main contractor – MoldovaTransGas company – built two major branch lines, two gas-distribution stations (in Singerei and Falesti towns), as well as two inter-village gas lines totaling 40 kilometers. The Balti – Ungheni pipeline will be pumping 2.5-3 million cubic meters of duel per day, or up to a billion cubic meters per year.
This is the second main pipeline built in Moldova over last several years. The year 2007 saw the commissioning of the Tokuz-Cainari-Mereni pipeline that brought fuel to the raions of Causeni, Anenii Noi, Ialoveni, and substantially improved gas supply for Chisinau city.
Presently, nearly a thousand out of Moldova’s 1,520 towns and villages have a stationary gas supply. The pipelines’ aggregate length exceeds 5 thousand kilometers.