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Household electricity price will rise by as much as 8 pct beginning July 1

Thursday, June 29, 2017


The household electricity price will rise by as much as 8 pct beginning July 1, according to the Thursday decision of the Regulatory Board of the National Energy Regulatory Agency (ANRE), institution representatives said.Beginning July 1, the final energy price for households will be made of an ANRE-regulated fee that accounts for 10 percent of the total price, and a component that reflects the price on the free market (90 percent). ANRE president ...

Romania's Hidroelectrica 5-mo gross profit grows 26%

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Romanian hydropower producer Hidroelectrica said on Friday that its gross profit jumped by an annual 26% to 744 million lei ($182 million/163 million euro) in the first five months of the year. Production during January-May was approximately 6.5 TWh, down from 7 TWh achieved in the same period of 2016, Hidroelectrica said in a press release. The company posted a turnover of 1.436 billion lei in the five months through May, up 11% on the year. ...

ROPECA: Over-taxation applied to the Romanian gas producers is a huge discrimination against Gazprom

Thursday, June 29, 2017

The over-taxation applied to the Romanian gas producers for the profit obtained from the liberalization of the market represents a huge discrimination against the Russians from Gazprom, who are not obliged to pay these taxes or to sell on the stock exchange the entire amount of gas, Harald Kraft, the president of the Romanian Petroleum Exploration and Production Companies Association (ROPEPCA), said on Tuesday. "The over-taxation was introduced in 2013 as a ...

Negotiations with the Chinese side for Cernavoda Reactors 3 and 4 will be resumed as soon as a new government is installed

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Negotiations with representatives of China General Nuclear Power Corporation (CGN) will be resumed after the new government is installed, at least that's what we want, Secretary of State with the Ministry of Energy and Chairman of the Nuclearelectrica Board of Directors Robert Iulian Tudorache told a specialist debate on ...

Corina Popescu: Romania must include the energy storage into legislation

Thursday, June 29, 2017

The Energy Law will have to be amended to include new provisions regarding energy storage, says Corina Popescu, CEO, Transelectrica quoted by energynomics.ro. Until now, Transelectrica has been involved in two projects – pilot storage, but their capacity is very small. “It cannot be said that Romania has a storage program. First, the law on electricity should be amended, as such projects are not under the ...

EY Romania: The Romanian energy sector enters on the map of big investments funds in infrastructure

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) demand from energy and utilities reached the peak since the last seven years, as 59 percent of the executives from energy and utilities at global level expect to make an acquisition in the next 12 months, a growth by 12 percent in demand compared with the former report, according to the bi-annual report EY Power & Utilities Capital Confidence Barometer, business-review.eu informs. „The acquisition of ...

Florina Sora (NAMR): The development of offshore resources is a priority for the NAMR

Thursday, June 22, 2017

The law under which oil concessions were granted is not specific to the offshore field, so improvements need to be made, said Florina Sora, senior advisor at the National Agency for Mineral Resources (ANRM), at the Energy Strategy Summit 2017, quoted by Agerpres. “We have a law that has proven viable and, based on it, oil concessions were granted, but this law does not address ...

E-Distributie Muntenia invests almost EUR 1.1 mln in grid upgrade in Giurgiu

Thursday, June 22, 2017

E-Distributie Muntenia invests almost EUR 1.1 million to upgrade the electricity distribution network in Giurgiu, business-review.eu informs. “Through the modernization of the networks, we succeed to automatize and simplify the company’s operations, while the final consumers will feel the considerable diminish of interventions’ discomfort, as well as a significantly more reduced length of breakdowns,” said Federico Panone, ...

OMV Petrom invested EUR 13 bn in the past decade

Thursday, June 22, 2017

OMV Petrom, the largest oil and gas producer in Southeastern Europe, has invested EUR 13 billion in the last 10 years, romaniajournal.ro reads. “In our field, if you don’t invest, you can’t actually survive. The essence of our investment is that we do it on commercial principles. (…) It is true, if some taxes would have left more money, we could have invested even more because we have the capacity to develop strategies that are ...

Romania imported 2.307 million toe of crude oil în Q1 of 2017

Thursday, June 22, 2017


In Q1 2017 Romania imported 2.307 million toe of crude oil, by 115.400 toe (4.8 pct) lower than Q1 2016, according to data centralized by the National Institute of Statistics (INS). The crude oil production totaled 1,141 million toe, by 5 pct (60,100 toe) ...

Proper Energy Union governance is essential to delivering the EU’s Paris Agreement promises

Thursday, June 22, 2017


Transparency and long-term planning are the only ways to reduce the cost of the transition and align climate and energy policies, argues Quentin Genard of E3G. The EU’s Governance Regulation can do that, EurActiv.com reads.( Quentin Genard is a policy advisor at E3G, an independent climate change think tank.) Donald Trump’s decision ...

B. Klauser : One trading place for gas producers in Romania will have a very detrimental effect on market functioning

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Before we talk about regional cooperation in terms of security of supply or even gas hubs, “it’s important to get our own house in order”, said Benedikt Klauser, DG Energy (European Commission) at 2017 Energy Strategy ...

Gazprom taking measures to prevent gas quality problem from affecting European consumers

Thursday, June 22, 2017


* Poland has suspended reverse supplies of Russian natural gas from Germany over Yamal - Europe gas pipeline earlier, TASS agency  reports Gazprom Export is undertaking measures to prevent the problem with gas quality in the Yamal - Europe gas pipeline from affecting fulfillment of European consumers’ requests, the export arm of the Russian gas holding told reporters on Wednesday."A short-time technical ...

The Oltenia Energy Unit reports growing business by 30% and gross profit of 260 million lei in 5 months

Thursday, June 15, 2017

The turnover of the Oltenia Energy Unit grew by approximately 30% in the first five months of this year, against the similar period of last year, and the gross profit was 260 million lei, against losses of 20 million lei during the same period of last year, according to a press release of the company. In the period  January – May of this year, CE  Oltenia worked with an ...

Romania's OMV Petrom invests 5 mln euro in Petrobrazi fuel testing lab

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Romania's top oil and gas group, OMV Petrom [BSE:SNP], said on Wednesday it has invested 5 million euro ($5.6 million) in the modernisation of the fuel quality test centre at its Petrobrazi refinery, seenews.com informs. Following the upgrade, the centre now has three laboratories for testing of petroleum products and one laboratory for water environment tests, OMV said in a press release. Other quality tests performed by the ...

Energy consumption, down 3pct in Jan.-April 2017

Thursday, June 15, 2017


Final energy consumption in Romania stood at 18.567 kWh in the first four months of 2017, down 3 percent from the same period of 2016, according to data published on Wednesday by the National Institute of Statistics (INS). Household consumption dropped in the same period by 0.2 percent, and street lighting reduced by 6.9 percent. The technological ...

E.ON to invest RON 450 M in Romania this year

Thursday, June 15, 2017

E.ON has budgeted for this year investments of over RON 450 million, the largest since the entry on the Romanian market, and plans to install about 600,000 smart meters by 2020, Frank Hajdinjak, CEO E.ON Romania announced in a press release informs, romaniajournal.ro reports. Last year, the investments of E.ON companies in Romania amounted to about RON 438 million (EUR 97 million) and were mainly to finance the revamping and upgrading works of natural ...

SAPE sues Electrica for damages of EUR 800 mln over post-privatization obligations

Thursday, June 15, 2017

The Administration Company for State Energy Stakes (SAPE) sues Electrica group, the electricity supplier and distributor, for damages of EUR 800 million due to post-privatization obligations unfulfillment, business-review.eu informs. „On June 8, Electrica received a lawsuit request submitted by SAPE against Electrica, with the former administrators and directors of the company, with the Ministry of Economy and the Energy Ministry,” ...

SOCAR commissions another filling station in Romania

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Azerbaijan’s state oil company SOCAR increased the number of its filling stations in Romania to 37, the company said June 8 quoted by http://news.az/. SOCAR commissioned the 37th filling station under its brand name in Romania’s Brasov, Trend reports. “NANO 95 and NANO 98 gasoline brands, NANO Diesel and NANO Super Diesel fuel are being sold at the filling station,” SOCAR said, adding Azerbaijani products ...

CNP: Romania's natural gas production will increase in the next three years

Thursday, June 15, 2017


Romania's natural gas production will increase steadily in the next three years, up to 9 million tons of oil equivalent (toe) in 2020, while imports will steadily decrease, to 700,000 toe also in 2020, shows the Prognosis of the energy mix published recently by the National Prognosis Commission (CNP). Thus, gas production will go up from 7.48 million toe in 2016 to 7.8 million toe in 2017 (+4.2 pct) to 8.2 million toe in 2018 (+5.1 pct), 8.6 million toe in ...

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