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Rompetrol opened a new gas station in Borjomi – Georgia

Thursday, December 10, 2020


KMG International Group recently opened a new Rompetrol gas station in Georgia, near the tourist resort of Borjomi - famous for its brand of carbonated natural mineral water exported to over 40 countries.   Located in the center of Georgia, the unit is part of the new concept of Rompetrol gas stations in Romania and in the region – the Republic of Moldova and Bulgaria, characterized by the new ...

Ceremony for the finalisation of the works for the first stage of the BRUA gas pipeline

Thursday, December 3, 2020


President Klaus Iohannis stated on Saturday, on the occasion of the visit to the Unit for natural gas compression Jupa, that Romania is the second big producer of natural gas in the EU, but even so, half of the households use heating with wood. He congratulated the Transgaz company for finalising ‘ the most ambitious project in the domain of energy’ when referring to the BRUA gas pipeline, project made with European funds as ...

The law which modifies the provisions regarding the mining fee for resources and natural mineral waters exploitation promulgated

Thursday, December 3, 2020

President Klaus Iohannis promulgated on Friday the normative document for the amendment and completion of the law of mines 85/2003, sends the Presidential Administration.   This amends the law of mines in the sense that a percentage of 80% of each mining fee owed to the state budget be transferred to the local authorities on whose administrative territory the exploitation is. Out of this percentage, 55% goes to the local ...

Changes to the Mining Law – interview with Nicolae Turdean, the president of ANRM

Thursday, December 3, 2020

President Klaus Iohannis promulgated the amendments to the Mining Law so that part of each mining royalty due to the state budget would be transferred to the local authority in whose administrative territory the royalty-bearing exploitation was carried out.   The law also requires that by July 1, 2021, the Government should modify the organization and functioning structure of the National Agency for Mineral Resources in ...

ANRE OKays Transgaz investment plan worth EUR 4.2 bln until 2029

Thursday, December 3, 2020

The National Energy Regulatory Authority (ANRE) approved Transgaz's 2020-2029 investment plan, which provides for projects with a total value of EUR 4.2 billion, at the meeting of the regulatory committee on 25 November, according to a statement posted on the company's website."Transgaz's management continues one of the largest and most important natural gas transport infrastructure development programmes in Romania over the last 20 years, with investment projects ...

AIK Energy suspends operations in Romania

Thursday, December 3, 2020

AIK Energy Romania, a subsidiary of AIK Energy Ltd, headquartered in London, had its electricity supply activity suspended by the market operator ...

CEZ to complete sale of Romanian assets by mid-2021

Thursday, December 3, 2020

Australian group Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA) could complete the takeover of Czech group CEZ's assets in Romania in the first half of next year, after obtaining approvals from the competition authority in Brussels and Romania's Supreme Council of National Defense (CSAT), Ondrej Safar, general manager of CEZ Romania said on Wednesday, November 25.   "As we have already informed, the ...

The ministry of energy: there are companies interested to get into offshore exploitation of gas

Thursday, November 26, 2020


Dan Dragan, state secretary in the ministry of energy says that there are important companies who want to get on the market of offshore gas extraction in Romania‘The ministry of economy announced that they prepare an amendment of the offshore legislation which they intend to place under public debate and send it to the new parliament as soon as possible. The purpose is to eliminate as many barriers as possible and free important investments for the Black Sea ...

OMV Petrom: Black Sea could turn Romania into EU's largest gas producer

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Romania could become the EU's largest gas producer once the exploitation of Black Sea gas deposits begins, Franck Neel, member of OMV Petrom's Executive Board, told an online conference on Wednesday.We started with the liberalization of the natural gas market as of July 1, 2020. It was a good initiative to get in line with the European Union, and an important step, because there has been much debate about how prepared the market is and for finding solutions ...

Romgaz to double turnover in seven years by burning more gas

Thursday, November 26, 2020

The strategy of the Romanian state-owned gas and power group Romgaz includes the development of gas-to-power installations with a combined capacity of 1,500-2,000 MW.   The investment might double the group's turnover, but this would require external natural gas resources, said the general manager of Romgaz, Adrian Volintiru, at the Romanian International Gas Conference (RIGC), an online event organized ...

Transgaz criticizes Bulgaria for not completing gas interconnector with Greece

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Ion Sterian, the CEO of Romanian natural gas transport system operator Transgaz, which recently announced it completed its BRUA section (not including the extension to the Black Sea), expressed disappointment with the sluggish completion, on the Bulgarian side, of the interconnector with Greece (ICGB).   "ICGB, a 182 km gas pipeline with a value of about EUR 220 million, included in the European ...

Energy Ministry: Phase I of BRUA project has been completed

Thursday, November 26, 2020


Phase I of the BRUA project has been completed, both the pipeline and the compression stations, which will lead to the diversification of Romania's gas supply sources, Dan Dragan, Secretary of State in the Ministry of Economy, Energy and Business Environment, told Monday's online event "The Romanian International Gas Conference.""The BRUA phase I project is completed, both the pipeline and the compression stations. BRUA will lead to the diversification of supply ...

Romania's end electricity consumption last year was 45,573 GWh

Thursday, November 26, 2020

The country's end electricity consumption last year was 45,573 GWh, by only 7 GWh higher than the previous year, according to the National Institute of Statistics (INS).Consumption in industry was 21,949 GWh, down 1.2%. In transport, the value of the indicator was by 0.4% higher, to 1,060 GWh, while public lighting increased by 10.7% to 578 GWh.At the same time, the population's consumption was higher by 1.6%, reaching 12,984 GWh last ...

Romania to start construction on units 3, 4 of Cernavoda n-power plant

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Prime Minister Ludovic Orban said on Friday, on a visit to Suceava County, that Romania will start construction on units 3 and 4 of the Cernavoda Nuclear Power Plant after an intergovernmental agreement between the United States of America (USA) and Romania in the field of civil nuclear co-operation received the approval of the European Commission.According to him, the construction of the units will be conducted with strategic partners from the US and ...

Govt. approves another EUR 1 bln state aid for CE Oltenia

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Government signed the memorandum for the restructuring of state-owned coal and power group CE Oltenia (CEO) under a five-year program that involves some EUR 2 billion of aid from both state and the European Union's decarbonization program. The memorandum involves EUR 1.33 bln of state aid, out of which more than EUR 250 mln was already extended as a rescue loan that the company could not ...

Romgaz negotiates the acquisition of the whole package for which ExxonMobil owns in the Black Sea

Thursday, November 19, 2020


Romgaz, one of the two big gas producers in Romania, negotiates to take over the shares owned by the American giant ExxonMobil with the gas project Neptun Deep in the Black Sea, and the minister of economy, energy and business environment Virgil Popescu stated on Wednesday, in  a press conference, that the gas producer is creditworthy enough to get that acquisition.   ‘ At present, Romgaz is negotiating the ...

The gas in the Black Sea, energetic efficiency and the nuclear programme should be the priorities of Romania

Thursday, November 19, 2020

The exploitation of gas in the Black Sea, the growth of energetic efficiency and the continuation of the nuclear programme of the country are among the priorities which should be found in the governing programmes of the political parties for the next years, consider most experts in the energy sector, who took part in the debate ‘The energy in the elections’ which happened on Wednesday.Organised by Asociatia Energia Inteligenta (Smart Energy ...

The additional tax on Black Sea gas will be relaxed in the new offshore law

Thursday, November 19, 2020

The new offshore law will keep the windfall tax but increase the threshold over which this tax will apply, announced Niculae Havrilet, a state secretary in the Ministry of Economy and Energy, according ...

OMV Petrom invests 21 ml euros to increase Petrobrazi refinery's biofuel blending capacity

Thursday, November 19, 2020

OMV Petrom has increased the annual biofuel blending capacity of its Petrobrazi-based refinery from 200 kilotons to about 350 kilotons, on an investment of approximately 21 million euros, so as to supply fuels with increased levels of bio-components into finished products, the company said in a release on Wednesday.The use of fuels with an increased level of bio components contributes to achieving the EU's greenhouse gas reduction ...

EC evaluates EUR 2 bln restructuring strategy at RO coal and power group

Thursday, November 19, 2020


One of Romania's biggest energy producers, the coal and power group CE Oltenia (CEO), enters the final stage of the evaluation process of the Restructuring and Decarbonization Plan as it will notify the European Commission (EC). According to the company's management, the EC expressed surprise with the lack of multi-annual contracts, a legislative barrier that Romania is expected to remove early next ...

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