Mihajlovic: Country has been preparing for winter for months, we will do everything to be energy stable
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Mining and Energy, prof. Zorana Mihajlovic, PhD, stated that the state will do everything in its power to provide sufficient amounts of energy and energy products for the economy and households for the coming winter, and that there will be no restrictions or shortages.
"Serbia has been preparing for the upcoming winter for months, we are working all the time to ensure sufficient amounts of energy for 60, and I believe we will succeed in 90 days as well." We know what a hard winter is, we also remember 1999 and the restrictions, and that is why we are doing everything in our power to have enough energy and energy sources, while also thinking about what can happen in other countries. More critical than the procurement of oil derivatives and gas, is the issue of electricity, which will cost us a lot. We now import between 5 and 7 percent of the total daily consumption, and in winter it will be more than 20 percent. "It is partly due to the global crisis, and partly the fault of those who irresponsibly managed Electric Power Company of Serbia," she said.
When it comes to long-term gas procurement plans, Mihajlovic said that with the construction of Nis-Dimitrovgrad gas pipeline in September of next year, Serbia will have the possibility of purchasing gas from other suppliers, which will reduce its dependence on Russian gas.
"We are negotiating with the Ministry of Energy of Azerbaijan on the price and quantities that we could buy from them, we also have the possibility of purchasing from the LNG terminal in Greece," said Mihajlovic.