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Andrei Chirileasa
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Andrei studied finance at the Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies and started his journalism career in 2004 with Ziarul Financiar, the leading financial newspaper in Romania, where he worked for ten years, the last six of which as editor of the capital markets section. He joined the Romania-Insider.com team in 2014 as editor and became Editor-in-Chief in 2016. He currently oversees the daily content published on Romania-Insider.com and likes to stay up to date with everything relevant in business, politics, and life in Romania. Andrei lives with his family in the countryside in Northern Romania, where he built their own house. In his free time, he studies horticulture and tends to his family’s garden. He enjoys foraging in the woods and long walks on the hills and valleys around his village. Email him for story ideas and interviews at andrei@romania-insider.com. 

 

Gas distributors in RO face wave of connection request after change in regulations

The natural gas distribution network operators in Romania can't handle, neither financially nor operationally, the large number of connection requests filed by households, Hotnews.ro reported.

The requests came after a new regulation passed by the energy market regulator ANRE granting the right to free connection of residential users within a radius of 2km from existing networks.

Minister of energy Virgil Popescu met representatives of the gas distributors' association to discuss the situation.

The existing regulation allows customers to pay from their pockets the connection cost and then hire their own contractor, then recover the costs from the gas distributor within five years. All end-users will share the costs of the works under the new regulations.

This measure has also generated criticism from the consumers already connected to the gas grids, who sometimes paid high prices for their connection.

The new regulation is part of the Government's plan to increase the gasification ratio in Romania, ahead of the increase in the domestic gas production once the offshore perimeters enter the production stage.

(Photo: Siabud Verparasiaan/ Dreamstime)

andrei@romania-insider.com

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Profile picture for user andreich
Andrei Chirileasa
Editor-in-Chief

Andrei studied finance at the Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies and started his journalism career in 2004 with Ziarul Financiar, the leading financial newspaper in Romania, where he worked for ten years, the last six of which as editor of the capital markets section. He joined the Romania-Insider.com team in 2014 as editor and became Editor-in-Chief in 2016. He currently oversees the daily content published on Romania-Insider.com and likes to stay up to date with everything relevant in business, politics, and life in Romania. Andrei lives with his family in the countryside in Northern Romania, where he built their own house. In his free time, he studies horticulture and tends to his family’s garden. He enjoys foraging in the woods and long walks on the hills and valleys around his village. Email him for story ideas and interviews at andrei@romania-insider.com. 

 

Gas distributors in RO face wave of connection request after change in regulations

The natural gas distribution network operators in Romania can't handle, neither financially nor operationally, the large number of connection requests filed by households, Hotnews.ro reported.

The requests came after a new regulation passed by the energy market regulator ANRE granting the right to free connection of residential users within a radius of 2km from existing networks.

Minister of energy Virgil Popescu met representatives of the gas distributors' association to discuss the situation.

The existing regulation allows customers to pay from their pockets the connection cost and then hire their own contractor, then recover the costs from the gas distributor within five years. All end-users will share the costs of the works under the new regulations.

This measure has also generated criticism from the consumers already connected to the gas grids, who sometimes paid high prices for their connection.

The new regulation is part of the Government's plan to increase the gasification ratio in Romania, ahead of the increase in the domestic gas production once the offshore perimeters enter the production stage.

(Photo: Siabud Verparasiaan/ Dreamstime)

andrei@romania-insider.com

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