Romanian National Energy System worked without problems, ensuring both the production and the supply of electricity and natural gas in good conditions, and Romania is an energy exporter, announced the relevant minister, Virgil Popescu.
The statement comes after the second earthquake in the Oltenia area, Gorj county, with a magnitude of 5.7 Richter, according to Agerpres.
“In the conditions in which the South-West region was affected today by an earthquake with the epicenter in Gorj county, the National Energy System functioned without problems, ensuring both the production and supply of electricity and natural gas in good conditions. Also, at this time, Romania is an exporter of electricity. It must be said that today’s seismic event was felt more strongly than yesterday’s, there were also certain triggers in the SEN, but they did not affect the optimal functioning of the National Energy System,” the minister wrote on his Facebook page.
He asked all the companies in the portfolio of the Ministry of Energy, the producers, but also the distributors of electricity and natural gas, as well as Transgaz and Transelectrica, to analyze and update, if necessary, the intervention plans in the event of an earthquake.
“It’s not a reason to panic and we don’t need to be alarmed, it’s just a measure of precaution and responsibility,” emphasized Virgil Popescu.
A significant earthquake with a magnitude of 5.7 Richter occurred on Tuesday, at 15:16 local time, in Oltenia region, Gorj county, after an earthquake with a magnitude of 5.2 occurred in the same area on Monday, at a depth of 16.5 kilometers. The two earthquakes were followed by aftershocks, with magnitudes between 2.4 and 3.5 Richter.