Liberalised price of natural gas for companies
The price for natural gas for companies is liberalised as of January 1, 2015 because the European Commission has turned down the government’s request to postpone the liberalisation process. Within his framework the price doubled during the last two years. Household consumers are to pay the same regulated prices, which are to be gradually increased until 2021. “I’ve tried to convince the EC to agree with an extended period for preparing the market, but I failed to succeed. Their reply was that Romania had to keep with the arrangement by January 1, 2015,” the former delegate Minister for Energy Razvan Nicolescu said during a conference organised by the Competition Council.
The commitment to the EC is that the price paid by the non-household consumers of domestic natural gas is to increase gradually from about RON 45/MWh in 2012 to RON 119/MWH after October 1, 2014. After numerous warnings coming from the industry, the government issued a decision to stop the process at the level of RON 90/MWh reached in April 2014, but the decision was to be put in practice until the end of the year. Starting with January 1, 2015 the price for non-household consumers will be set on the free market.