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If built as planned, the pipeline can also remove an instrument of political blackmail from Moscow’s hands.
In total, Moldova consumes on average some 3 to 3.5 bcm of gas per year.
In particular, employment is expected to rise by more than three per cent in the year ahead, compared to the UK rate of 1.8 per cent.
In principle, gas from the Caspian Sea could be delivered to the EU both to Baumgarten/Vienna (Nabucco West) or to Italy (TAP).
However, the territory under Chisinau’s control (some 80 percent of Moldova’s area and population) consumes only about 1 bcm per year (in 2012, an all-time low of 0.9 bcm).
Transnistria habitually uses at least two thirds of Gazprom’s annual deliveries to Moldova as a whole. Hypothetically, Tiraspol can physically disrupt the supplies without Moscow taking the blame for such an action.
If this is achieved it would represent a record high in the region.
Investment plans in the South West are also stronger than the UK average.