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Romania not to receive Russian gas until Wednesday

2009-01-13 12:49:26 GMT2009-01-13 20:49:26 (Beijing Time)  xinhuanet

BUCHAREST, Jan. 13 (Xinhua) -- Romania will not receive Russian gas until Wednesday at the earliest, although supplies to Europe were resumed on Tuesday, the country's Transgaz general manager Ioan Rusu said.

"We believe it will take about 24 hours to receive the gas," said the head of the state gas pipeline operator.

Because of a low pressure in the pipeline system following the cutoff, Russia will need to pump more gas than usual, Rusu said.

About 62.7 million cubic meters will, as stipulated in contracts, be transited via the Orlovka station to the Balkan region including Romania and Bulgaria, while 13.9 million cubic meters will go to the Republic of Moldova.

Romania imports about 10 million cubic meters of natural gas a day exclusively from Russia via two stations -- Isaccea 2 and Mediesul Aurit.

The supply of natural gas from Russia was cut off on Jan. 7 to these countries as result of a dispute between Moscow and Kiev.

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