Ministry of Economy declares state of emergency because of very low temperatures

Publish date: 25-01-2010
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The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Business Environment on Monday declared state of emergency because of the situation created by the very low temperatures in the past few days, informs a release posted on the site of the above-mentioned institution.

According to the source mentioned before, this means, on the one hand, stopping the supply of natural gas to the consumers that can be interrupted and, on the other hand, making the CHPPs use, where it is possible, alternative fuel, a fact that will make it possible for SNTGN Transgaz to manage the system in an operative manner, so that the population should be first of all ensured the supply of natural gas, heat and hot water safely.

The coordinating commission on ensuring safety in supplying natural gas convened on Monday, Minister of Economy, Trade and Business Environment Adriean Videanu and Secretary of State for energy questions Tudor Serban, who is also the chairman of the commission, attending.

They examined the information referring to the quantity of natural gas necessary for consumption and the situation created by the extremely low temperatures in the past few days (the average temperature nationwide sank on the morning of January 25 to 17.9 degrees Celsius).

The National Meteorology Administration (ANM) on Monday issued a Code Orange bitter frost advisory for seven counties in central and north-eastern Romania. In the night of January 25 to 26, in the counties of Suceava, Botosani, Iasi, Neamt, Brasov, Harghita and Covasna the temperature is expected to sink to lows of minus 26 degrees Celsius and even less.

ANM also maintains the Code Yellow frost advisory valid between Monday, 11:00 am and Wednesday, January 27, 8:00 am for 29 counties located in the country east, south and centre and for Bucharest city. Frosty weather will persist in these areas, especially at night and in the morning, with temperatures sinking to lows between minus 25 and minus 15 degrees Celsius during nighttime and daily highs keeping below zero.


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