Moldovan electricity transmission operator declares alert mode

A shortage of energy resources forced the Moldovan state electricity transmission operator to declare an alert mode.

The electricity transmission operator in Moldova – the state enterprise ‘Moldelektrila’ – announced today, Friday, October 21, an alarm mode due to a shortage of energy resources.

A statement on the company’s website read: “State-owned company Moldelektrila warns all interested parties about the presence of an alarm mode in Moldova’s electricity market. On October 21, 2022, the supplier Energocom announced the presence of an electricity shortage, which is not covered by commercial electricity supply contracts”.

Under alarm conditions, a power shortage may persist, requiring preventive measures or minimizing the consequences. No power outages are expected for the coming weekend, but it is not possible to predict the situation for a longer period.

“We reiterate the authorities’ appeal to consumers to make efforts to save electricity during peak hours, thus minimizing the risk of imbalance in the energy system. Otherwise, to balance the energy system, it will be necessary to resort to the limitation of electricity consumption by closing the installations allowing the consumers to use the electricity through the operators of the electricity distribution networks”, continues the communicated.

Earlier in the day, Premier Energy – which supplies power to central and southern regions of Moldova – warned consumers of possible “gradual” blackouts due to energy shortages in the country. Moldova is experiencing an energy crisis due to rising resource prices amid the shutdown of electricity exports from Ukraine.

Until October 15, the Moldovan authorities planned to buy 33% of the electricity needed from the Ukrainian companies Energoatom and Ukrhydroenergo. Deputy Prime Minister of Moldova Andrei Spinu said that Chisinau agreed with Tiraspol to increase the volume of energy production at Moldavskaya GRES.

Moldovan authorities have urged residents of the republic to save electricity in the morning and evening, while state institutions have received instructions to reduce energy consumption, as reported


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