Accelerated negotiations for building a new energy group at Rovinari Power Plant

According to the Energy Strategy of Romania for the period 2019 – 2030, realization of the 600 MW energy group at the Rovinari Power Plant is considered a strategic investment of national interest, in order to consolidate the national energy market and the diversified energy mix, by capitalizing on the primary energy resources and stimulating domestic investment to provide equipment and materials.

The new group will be a high-performance generation unit, the facility being provided with the best available techniques for reducing particulate matter, NOx and SO2 emissions, with the possibility of adding CO2 capture, transport and geological storage technology, to comply with the regulations in force and to meet the requirements for limiting the emissions of pollutants.

The energy group will use about 5 million tons of lignite annually and will generate about 4,000 jobs during the implementation of the project.

The investment was estimated at approximately EUR 1 billion.

Negotiations are currently under way to conclude the superficies and coal supply agreements, which are priorities for this year.

Oltenia Energy Complex was selected to set up the IPP-type company, while China Huadian Engineering was selected to make the investment following an international tender held in March 2012.

The Chinese company is active in the field of design and production of equipment for thermal power plants, hydro power plants, wind power plants, biomass plants, solar power plants, and also in the field of production of equipment for environmental protection.

About Oltenia Energy Complex

The company was established on May 31, 2012 following the decision of the Romanian Government to reorganize the power sector, by the merger of Societatea Nationala a Lignitului Oltenia and the three power generation companies (Complexul Energetic Rovinari, Complexul Energetic Turceni and Complexul Energetic Craiova).


11 power units with an installed capacity of 3,240 MW of which:
Rovinari Power Plant – 3 x 330 MW lignite-fired condensation power units ;
Turceni Power Plant – 4 x 330 MW lignite-fired condensation power units ;
Isalnita Power Plant – 2 x 315 MW lignite-fired condensation power units ;
Craiova II Power Plant – 2 x 150 MW/160 Gcal lignite-fired cogeneration power units.


The main heat supply system for the consumers in Craiova City is the centralized system, and the heat generation source is Craiova II Thermal Power Plant Branch, as follows:
– 2 lignite-fired cogeneration power units (2 × 150/120 MW) – using natural gas as flame support;
– 2 lignite-fired hot water boilers (2X100 Gcal/h) – using heavy-fuel oil as flame support;
– one boiler of 50 Gcal/h and one boiler of 30 Gcal/h.

Currently, Craiova II Thermal Power Plant Branch supplies heating agent (hot water) to Craiova City in a centralised system, as follows: 123 thermal substations, of which 104 urban belonging to S.C. Termo Craiova S.R.L. and 19 supplying companies and public institutions. It also supplies the industrial consumer, i.e. S.C. FORD Automobile Romania S.A. with hot water and process water.
Pipelines, networks and connections in Craiova City and in the surrounding areas have a total route length (underground and overground) of 60 Km.

Thermal energy delivered: min. 40 Gcal / h – max. 360 Gcal / h.
Heated apartments: ~ 62,000
Beneficiaries: ~ 200,000.


The hydropower plant built on Jiu River, 3.5 km upstream of Turceni Thermal Power Plant, has an installed capacity of 10 MW (1 x 1 MW hydro-power unit and 3 x 3 MW hydro-power units).
An increase of up to 30 mc/s of river flow is possible.
The first hydro-power unit was commissioned on 17.10.1989.
The hydropower plant generated over 300 GWh to date.

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