Friday, January 29, 2010

Romania to lift energy emergency on Friday

BUCHAREST, Jan 28 (Reuters) - Romania on Friday will lift an energy emergency declared after freezing temperatures earlier in the week strained the country's gas delivery system, Economy Minister Adriean Videanu said on Thursday.

Warmer temperatures are forecast by the end of the week and Romanian officials have said gas pressure in the transport grid has stabilised.

Asked when Romania would lift the energy emergency, Videanu told Reuters in a text message:"Tomorrow."

Romania declared the energy emergency on Monday after temperatures fell as low as -35 degrees Celsius, boosting demand for heat and causing a glitch in the delivery system. Officials also switched gas-fired power plants to fuel oil.

The country, which produces about 60 percent of its own supplies and is the largest natural gas producer in the Central European and Balkan region -- also turned to Russia for help.

On Tuesday, the ministry boosted Russian gas imports to 10 million cubic metres from Monday's 9 million to help meet demand.

Import levels returned to around 9 million cubic metres the following day, putting total gas resource levels at 66.5 million cubic metres on Wednesday, the economy ministry said.

The energy emergency also led officials to shut off gas to five large chemical and other industrial plants to ensure residential consumers had power to heat their homes. (Reporting by Luiza Ilie; Editing by Michael Kahn and Anthony Barker)

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