YEREVAN, April 23. /ARKA/. Armenia’s Russian-owned national natural gas and electricity supplying companies gave households three days to pay their back utility bills, saying otherwise the supplies will be cut off.
Both companies cited a decision of the Public Services Regulatory Commission (PSRC) that the force majeure that hindered the consumers to pay their bills in due time no longer exists.
The press service of Gazprom Armenia natural gas distributing company said that payments for natural gas supplied to residents in February and March must be made within three days. “The supply of natural gas to subscribers who will not pay their bills within three days after April 22 will be cut off,” the company said.
The Electric Networks of Armenia power distributor said the residents who will not pay for the electricity consumed in March will have it cut off on April 27.
According to one of the measures, designed by the government to neutralize the economic consequences of coronavirus shock, some residents of the country received a 50% discount on some utilities.
Gazprom-Armenia CJSC is a 100% subsidiary of the Russian Gazprom. It supplies Russian natural gas to Armenia. The company also deals with storage, distribution and sale of gas.
Electric Networks of Armenia CJSC is owned by Tashir group of companies, headed by a prominent Russian businessman of Armenian origin Samvel Karapetyan. In September 2015 Tashir acquired two Armenian energy assets from the Russian energy holding Inter RAO UES – the Electric Networks of Armenia CJSC and Hrazdan thermal power plant.
Armenia declared a 30-day state of emergency on March 16 to contain the spread of the disease and imposed stringent restrictions on free movement of people banning also some types of economic activity. On April 13, the government extended the state of emergency for another month, allowing simultaneously some businesses to reopen.
Armenia’s confirmed coronavirus cases have reached 1,473 over the last 24 hours, 633 patients have recovered and 24 people died. ($1 – 480.87 dram).