DEPA Commercial, Moldova’s Energocom nearing gas deal

Greek gas company DEPA Commercial is close to establishing a gas supply deal with Moldovan state gas and electricity supplier Energocom, sources have informed, noting the two sides are currently discussing gas quantities and prices for what could be a long-term agreement.

Both Energocom and Moldova, as a whole, are looking for alternative energy sources as the Balkan country, neighboring Ukraine, seeks to end its reliance on Russian fossil fuels.

Kostas Xifaras, chief executive at DEPA Commercial and Energom’s general director Victor Binzari have held talks as part of an official visit to Athens by the leadership of Moldova’s energy ministry.

Greek energy minister Kostas Skrekas, who met with his Moldovan counterpart, Victor Parlikov, during this visit, released an announcement about the prospective supply deal.

DEPA Commercial gas quantities would reach Moldova through an eastern corridor, or network of gas pipeline interconnections linking Greece with Bulgaria (IGB), Bulgaria with Romania, and Romania with Moldova.

DEPA Commercial is also looking to broaden its gas trading activities with other Balkan countries ahead of the arrival of the Alexandroupoli FSRU, a floating LNG terminal now being developed in Greece’s northeast.

DEPA Commercial is a member of the five-member Gastrade consortium established by the Copelouzos group for the development and operation of the Alexandroupoli FSRU.