Oil and gas group Petrom has increased the natural gas volume to be delivered to Romanian consumers by delivering additional quantities in the national gas transport system and bringing new natural gas wells on stream . Through the temporary shutdown of the Doljchim plant in Craiova, an additional one million cubic meters of gas is being made available.

Taking into consideration the reduction of natural gas quantities delivered to Romania, Petrom has said that it has taken some measures that will improve the situation of gas supply.

Following collaboration with Transgaz and the bringing on stream of the 20 Valeni well in the Craiova area, Petrom will increase the quantity of the natural gas injected in the national network by around 300,000 cubic meters (cbm) of gas per day to 500,000cbm.

As for the supply of alternative fuels that could be used by the cogeneration power plants instead of gas, Petrom is ready to supply around 70KT to 75KT of heavy fuel until the end of January 2009.

Mariana Gheorghe, CEO of Petrom, said: I believe in such situations the partnership between the authorities and the companies is important as well as the responsible manner each of them acts. Also, we are working together with the other operators on the market in finding operative services to respond in the best way to the challenges caused by this world situation.