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Eurostat:Romania, one of the EU countries least dependent on oil imports

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Romania is among the EU states that are the least depended on the oil imports, with a 61% share of the net imports in the oil consumption, according to the latest findings on 2017 released by Eurostat. In 2017 the European Union (EU) relied on net imports for 87% of its oil consumption. This ratio, known as the oil import dependency rate, is unchanged from 2016 and two percentage points below the peak of 89% recorded in ...

Bulgarian ForMin Zaharieva: Gas inter-connector with Romania to be completed by end of 2019

Thursday, August 29, 2019

 Bulgaria's Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva stated on Monday that the gas inter-connector with Romania and the compression station will be completed by the end of this year.The high official mentioned that the Bulgarian Government is working very much with Romania's Government in terms of the energy and transport inter-connectivity. She mentioned talking about how important the energy diversification is for the two ...

ENEL ANNOUNCES CHANGES TO SENIOR MANAGEMENT IN ROMANIA 

Thursday, August 29, 2019

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Carlo Pignoloni becomes the new country manager for Enel in Romania  Enel S.p.A. (“Enel”) announces that, as of today, Carlo Pignoloni, who up until now was head of Enel Green Power’s operations in Italy, becomes the new country manager of Enel in Romania, replacing Georgios Stassis who left the Enel Group to take the helm of Greece’s top utility Power Public Corporation ...

Hidroelectrica plans 10 pct IPO on Bucharest Stock Exhange in September 2020

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Romania’s most profitable state-owned company Hidroelectrica will list its shares on the Bucharest Stock Exchange (BSE) by an IPO in September 2020, according to the company’s CEO Bogdan Badea. The company plans the listing of 10 percent of its shares. September 2020 is an official target of Hidroelectrica’s board. “We still have in mind the idea of a double listing, but it is still a ...

Romgaz wants its debt rated, before tapping external debt markets

Thursday, August 29, 2019

One of the largest two natural gas producers in Romania, Romgaz, 70% controlled by the state through the Energy Ministry, wants to have its debt rated by one of the major international specialized agencies. This would be a first step toward getting financing from abroad, including by issuing Eurobonds. The company envisages investment projects that exceed the internal financial resources, therefore it needs to identify possible ...

Parliament committee votes to repeal gas/electricity price caps, 2 pct tax on energy companies 

Thursday, August 29, 2019

The Industries and Services Committee in the lower chamber of the Romanian Parliament voted to repeal the article in Emergency Ordinance 114 (OUG 114) that established caps on gas prices and electricity, as well as the article which had introduced a 2 percent tax on the turnover of companies operating in the energy sector. Through OUG 114/2018, internal gas producers’ sale price to suppliers and heating plants was capped at RON 68/MWh for ...

EEA & Norway Grants in Romania – 13 million EUR for energy efficiency projects

Thursday, August 29, 2019

EUR  13 million available for energy efficiency projects on the Romanian market under the EEA & Norway grants. The funding comes through the Energy Programme operated by Innovation Norway in Romania. SMEs and Large enterprises can get grants with a funding intensity between 30% – 80% under 2 funding streams: – Small projects seeking grants up to ...

President Iohannis says the US is waiting for Romania's legislation in energy area to be improved

Thursday, August 22, 2019

 President Klaus Iohannis stated on Tuesday, în Washington, that the US is waiting for Romania's legislation in the energy area to be improved. "There is this concern and it has been brought up, but on an optimistic note. President Trump and the others attending, have expressed the expectation for this legislation to be improved in order to increase Romania's attractiveness for the US investors and I am convinced that these things can be ...

Canadian nuclear service provider opens office in Bucharest

Thursday, August 22, 2019

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Canadian state-owned Ontario Power Generation set up in Bucharest a local subsidiary of its Canadian Nuclear Partners division, ...

Oltenia Energy Complex H1 pre-tax profit at rd 40 ml euro

Thursday, August 22, 2019

The Oltenia Energy Complex ended H1 2019 with a pre-tax profit of 188.98 million lei (rd 40 ml euro), more than five times the 35.12 million lei reported for the same period of the year before, the company said in a statement.The company's H1 turnover reached 1.510 billion lei, 7 percent higher compared to 1.414 billion lei in the year-ago period.EBITDA as of June 30, 2019 is 614 million lei, up 40 percent from 437 million lei as of June 30, ...

Romania's June 2019 natural gas imports, up 364 times from June 2018

Thursday, August 22, 2019

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Romania's June 2019 natural gas imports were standing at 1,479,598 MWh, 364 times more than the same month last year, according to data released by the National Energy Regulatory Authority (ANRE) .In June 2018, Romania imported only 4,061 MWh.At the same time, the average price of imported gas in June 2019 was 82.08 lei per MWh, according to ANRE data, 19pct lower than that the price for Romanian gas traded on the stock exchange (101 lei per MWh), as ...

Ukraine to modernise distribution stations to import gas from Romania

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Ukraine has signed a contract with Republic of Moldova to revamp its existing gas distribution stations so that it could import gas from Romania, amid risk of Russia’s cutting off supplies, Ukrtransgaz announced. A great part of the Russian gas exports to the European Union is transiting the pipelines in Ukraine, with Ukrainians being able to access Russian gas for their own needs. However, the Russian-Ukrainian agreement on the gas transit to ...

Anti-trust body approves takeover of OMV Petrom's Petromar X Zone ops by GSP Offshore

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Romania's anti-trust regulator said on Monday it has approved the takeover by local company GSP Offshore of some operations and related assets of X-Petromar production zone owned by OMV Petrom's [BSE:SNP]. "Following a review of the transaction, the Competition Council found that it does not raise significant obstacles to effective competition in the market, in particular by establishing or strengthening of a dominant position," the ...

Romania imports more, exports less electricity January through May 2019

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Romania imported by 38 per cent more electricity in the first five months of 2019 as compared to the similar period of 2018, while it exported less by 40 per cent, according to the last monitoring report of the electric power market carried out by the National Energy Regulation Authority (ANRE).So, if January through May 2018 imports saw 1.15 TWh, in the same period of 2019 the imports climbed to 1.59 TWh. At the same time, Romania's exports dipped from 2.70 TWh ...

Romgaz considers investing in LNG terminal project in Greece

Thursday, August 22, 2019

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The national gas producer, Romgaz, is considering the possibility of entering into the shareholding of the company that makes the liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in Alexandropolis, Greece, said Adrian Volintiru, general manager of the gas producer, on Monday. “We are analyzing the idea of entering the shareholding of the LNG terminal in Alexandropolis. There is a structure already defined, with five shareholders, and we would like a 20% ...

The BRUA gas pipeline will be completed in December 2020

Thursday, August 22, 2019

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The BRUA (Bulgaria-Romania-Hungary-Austria) gas pipeline will not be ready in December 2019, as planned so far, but only in December 2020, according to Transgaz’s financial report for the first half of the year. The company explains, in a document entitled “The plan for the development of the national gas transport system for the period 2019-2028”, the reasons that led to these delays. “With all the ...

The average energy price was of 55 euro last year

Thursday, August 22, 2019

The average price of electricity traded on the OPCOM platform was about 265 lei/ MWh (55 euros) between August 2018 and July 2019, according to an institution report. In the last reported year, the total volume traded was 75 thousand GWh, at a value of almost 20 billion lei. The number of green certificates sold during the specified period was about 5.23 million, and the average price of a certificate was 136 lei (28.5 euro), ...

The total of investments in the sector of electricity for 2019 – 2020 is estimated at almost  14 billion euro

Thursday, August 15, 2019

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The total of necessary investment in the sector of electricity for the period 2019 – 2020 is almost 14 billion euro for electricity network being estimated investments of approximately 500 million euro  annually until 2030, according to the project ‘ Energy strategy of Romania  2019 – 2020 with the  perspective of 2050’ published by the ministry of energy. The costs for electricity networks include projects for ...

Development of offshore deposits in the Black Sea, necessary to avoid increasing dependence on gas imports

Thursday, August 15, 2019

The development of offshore deposits discovered in the Black Sea is necessary to avoid the significant increase of dependence on gas imports and is a sine-qua-non condition to be able to rely on natural gas in the electricity mix, according to the project “Romania’s Energy Strategy 2019- 2030, with the perspective of the year 2050 “, published by the Energy ministry. “In order to avoid significant increases in import dependency, ...

Nuclearelectrica H1 net profit up by almost 60 pct YoY

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Nuclear power producer Nuclearelectrica posted a net profit of 290.661 million lei in H1 2019, by 59.4 percent higher compared to the same period of the year before, shows company financial data sent on Wednesday to the Bucharest Stock Exchange."In the six months ended on June 30, 2019, National Company Nuclearelectrica made a net profit of 290,661 thousand lei. Operating profit (EBIT) was 69.2 percent higher and EBITDA was 31.1 percent up YoY, mainly as a result ...

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