World Bank Supports More Efficient and More Reliable District Heating Services in Moldova


The World Bank’s Board of Executive Director approved a US$40.5 million financing to the Republic of Moldova for the District Heating Efficiency Improvement Project, which will fund investments aimed at improving the efficiency of the district heating services in Chisinau.

Although Moldova is dependent on imports to meet its energy demand, inefficient energy use in Moldova is leading to higher energy costs for both industries and residents, posing a serious bottleneck to growth and competitiveness. Moreover, the electricity and heat generation infrastructure are obsolete and deteriorating.

The inefficient and worn-out district heating system, as well as disconnections by wealthier consumers, have led to high heat tariffs for the less well-off in Chisinau. Tariff levels have reached the limit of affordability for almost all residents in Chisinau and are having a disproportionately high impact on the vulnerable population. Surveys show that heating expenses alone have taken up more than 10 percent of monthly expenditure for all income groups. The poorest population spends up to 26 percent of their monthly expenditure on heating.

“For many years old infrastructure and heavy financial losses have blocked progress in the municipal heating sector. This project is a chance to develop a modern and efficient heat supply network for ordinary residents of Chisinau,” says Alexander Kremer, World Bank Country Manager for Moldova.

The Corporate Restructuring Plan, approved by the Government of Moldova on November 13, 2013, envisioned the merger of 3 companies (Termocom, CHP-1 and CHP-2) into a new company that will provide district heating services in Chisinau. The project aims to improve the operational efficiency and financial viability of the new company, by upgrading its infrastructure and management.

The project will benefit the population of Chisinau at large through increased efficiency of the district heating sector and increased reliability of district heating services; and the Moldovan district heating sector stakeholders, including the new heating services company, as well as Moldovagaz and Chisinau-Gaz.

Source: World Bank