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Cernavoda NPP shuts down Unit 1 for remediation works

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Romania's Cernavoda nuclear power plant (NPP) has shut down its Unit 1 in a controlled manner on Wednesday morning for remediation works to a process parameter, Cernavoda operator Nuclearelectrica [BSE:SNN] said. According to the power plant's norms and procedures, the remediation works require a controlled shutdown of the unit and will have no adverse impact on the personnel, the population and the environment, the company said in a statement filed with the Bucharest Stock ...

Head of Transelectrica suspected of having falsified his diploma in engineering

Thursday, September 19, 2019

The chief executive of major Romanian energy company Transelectrica appears to have falsified his diploma in engineering which he listed in his resume, Transelectrica sources have told HotNews.ro. Previously, education news website Edupedu.ro has reported that the executive, Marius Danut Carasol, has falsified his resume data.The website reported that Carasol attended the Electronic technologies faculty of the Politehnica University in Bucharest for two years, but did not ...

Romanian authorities alerted by major companies' plans to sell assets, planned regulation shows

Thursday, September 19, 2019

All companies in the enegy sector may be forced to notify Romania's energy market regulator ANRE with a minimum 12 months in advance about any intention to change their judicial statute, a draft order of the ANRE which has been submitted for public consultation says. The bill comes at a delicate time for the local energy market.Both ENEL and CEZ companies have announced their interest in selling significant assets in Romania. ExxonMobil is also reported to consider a Black Sea ...

Reuters: IKEA buys 80% stake in Romanian wind farms from Vestas

Thursday, September 19, 2019


Ingka Group, which owns most IKEA stores, said on Friday it would buy an 80% stake in seven Romanian wind farms from wind turbine maker Vestas (VWS.CO) for 136 million euros ($151 million). Ingka Group said ...

FPPG: Romania is the largest natural gas producer in Eastern Europe

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Romania is the largest natural gas producer in Easter Europe, with an average natural gas production in recent years of about 11 billion cubic meters, the Oil and Gas Employers' Federation (FPPG) stated."Today, 13 September, we are celebrating the Day of the Romanian Gas Worker. The Oil and Gas Employers' Federation, through its member companies, conveys a thank-you message to all the people working in the natural gas sector and, on this occasion, brings to mind the importance of ...


Thursday, September 19, 2019

Enel strengthens its leading position in the energy transition by ramping up its push towards decarbonisation, drastically cutting its emissions compared to 2017 levels, as certified in line with SBTi, a global initiative which validates corporate decarbonisation strategies The new commitment, which follows the UN pledge to pursue the goal of limiting the maximum global temperature increase to 1.5°C from pre-industrial levels, ...

'We need this dinosaur’: EU lifts veil on gas decarbonisation strategy

Thursday, September 19, 2019

As the new European Commission of Ursula von der Leyen prepares to take office, one of its key priorities will be to deliver on a new market design for gas that will have EU decarbonisation objectives at its core. And natural gas of fossil origin will play a significant part, officials say, quoted by euractiv.com. It now looks like the legislative proposals, due in 2020, will be renamed the “gas decarbonisation package,” reflecting a growing focus on natural gas as a ...

Rainer Seele, confirmed for two more years at the helm of OMV

Thursday, September 19, 2019

The term of office of the current CEO and Chairman of the Executive Committee of the OMV, Rainer Seele, was extended for another 2 years, until June 30, 2022, with the right of extension for another year. The decision was taken on Wednesday by the OMV Supervisory Board, which motivated it with the exceptional results recorded by the company in 2015, since the appointment of Seele to OMV management: a doubling of the adjusted operating results and a 40% increase in ...

FPPG rejects the alarmist statements about the effects of returning to a free and functional gas market

Thursday, September 12, 2019

The Oil and Gas Employers’ Federation ...

“Just E-Volution 2030” study: Romania will gain more than 3 bln. euro in GDP form energy transition

Thursday, September 12, 2019


The growth of industrial production, an increase in employment and positive effects on health, accompanied by a sharp reduction in the associated socio-economic costs: Europe is moving towards an increasingly sustainable future driven by the energy transition. This is the picture that emerges from the Just E-Volution 2030 study, produced by The European House – Ambrosetti in collaboration with Enel and the Enel Foundation and launched within the framework of The European House – ...

Mistery company becomes one of Romania's biggest gas importers

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Gas market stakeholders have been watching the spectacular evolution of a limited company with only two employees which has become one of the biggest gas importers in Romania, hotnews.ro reads. In April this year, it even became the biggest importer, temporarily, with over 50% of total imports. Voices on the market claim the strings behind the company may lead to Moscow.Regulators in both Romania and Hungary are said to run a joint investigation on the activities of the company, ...

Interview with Pál Ságvári: Hungary’s response to risks related to natural gas supply

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Pál Ságvári, Ambassador-at-Large for Energy Security, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary talks about energy security, diversification of gas supply and alternative routes. Pál Ságvári will be one of the speakers of Budapest LNG Summit from 2-3 December ...

Final electricity consumption up 0.3 pct in first seven months, households consumption 19.4 pct higher

Thursday, September 12, 2019

During 1.I – 31.VII.2019, primary energy resources increased by 2.9%, while those of electricity decreased by 3.0% as compared to the same period of previous year. The final electricity consumption in the first seven months of the current year was 32.556 billion kWh, 0.3 pct higher from the same period of 2018, given that public lighting registered an increase of 12.5 pct, and household consumption rose by 19.4 pct, shows data of the National ...

ANRE sent letter to EC to warn about significant chance of Russia cutting gas deliveries to Ukraine

Thursday, September 12, 2019

The risk of Russia cutting gas transit through Ukraine is mentioned by Romania's energy market regulator ANRE in a document for the second time. This time, it's a letter it sent to the EU last week. According to the document, which was seen by HotNews.ro, ANRE mentions speculation about gas prices in the context of a significant probability of interruption in natural gas deliveries through Ukraine.The letter was sent as part of moves related to a gas-related infringement ...

On-bill financing in Europe: a new project to scale up investments towards deep energy renovations of residential buildings 

Thursday, September 12, 2019

  In order to achieve the European Commission’s long-term energy vision for 2050, yearly energy investments in the EU need to almost double during the decade 2021- 30. Of these investments, energy efficiency improvements in residential buildings represent more than half. Deep retrofits will thus be critical, but, as they can be expensive, new and innovative ways of financing are vital. The Horizon2020 project RenOnBill promotes the development and implementation of on-bill schemes ...


Thursday, September 12, 2019

Enel Finance International NV has placed on the capital market the world’s first bond linked to the achievement of a sustainable objective, part of the Group’s corporate strategy and in line with Enel’s commitment to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (“SDGs”) of the United Nations The issue was almost three times oversubscribed, with orders of about 4 billion US dollars. The strong demand from investors for ...

Petromidia Refinery – four decades of performances and professionalism

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Petromidia Refinery Navodari celebrates 40 years of activity, time frame when from one idea it reached to be the largest such unit in Romania and one of the most modern in the Black Sea region.  Petromidia started up its first installation in 1979 – Atmospheric Distillation – and since then it started an evolution carried on via major investments, every year. Only in 2019, 50 million dollars are allocated for the alignment and continuation of installation revamping, ...

FP portfolio manager Johan Meyer: investing in Cernavoda reactors 3 and 4 makes no sense financially

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Investing in reactors 3 and 4 of the Cernavoda nuclear power plant are not financially justified, and the subject is politically extremely sensitive, Johan Meyer, Franklin Templeton Investments CEO and Fondul Proprietatea portfolio manager told a news conference on Wednesday.Investing in reactors 3 and 4 makes no sense financially whatsoever. Secondly, the fact that the Chinese partner is now being subjected to sanctions in the United States makes this subject extremely sensitive ...

Reuters: Test-ban body chief enters race to lead U.N. nuclear watchdog

Thursday, September 5, 2019

 The head of the global nuclear test-ban agency is running to become the next director general of the U.N. atomic watchdog, he told staff on Wednesday, bringing the number of candidates to four from three continents. International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Yukiya Amano died in July as he was preparing to step down early because of an unspecified illness that had visibly weakened him over the previous year. His right-hand man, Cornel Feruta of Romania, is now ...

The Competition Council analyses the trading through which OMV Petrom Marketing takes over the petrol stations owned by Art Petrol 

Thursday, September 5, 2019

The Competition Council announced on Monday that they analyse the trading through which OMV Petrom Marketing takes over the petrol stations owned by Art Petrol, and the operation would surpass the value thresholds included in the law.  ‘In accordance with the provisions of the law of competition (no.21/1996) this operation is an economic concentration which surpasses the value thresholds included in the law, being under the control of the Competition Council. The ...

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