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Investment worth 200 mln euros by OMV Petrom, inaugurated in Hurezani

Thursday, October 3, 2019

A new gas station, an investment of approximately 200 million euros by OMV Petrom, was inaugurated on Monday, in southwest Hurezani, Gorj County, the objective having a maximum capacity of 6 million cubic meters of natural gas daily, informs a press release of the Gorj County Council (CJ).According to the source, the gas station, whose construction began in 2017, is part of a comprehensive investment program, carried out in three stages, for the development of a ...

ANRE: Romanian gas market to be fully liberalized, again, on April 1 2021

Thursday, October 3, 2019

European Commission postponed the deadline by which Romania needs to comply with the legislation in the gas sector until the end of the year, after the Romanian authorities proposed a new calendar for the market liberalization, to be finalized on April 1 2021.The one who made the announcement was Claudiu Dumbraveanu, manager with the Romanian Energy Regulatory Authority (ANRE), who participated on Friday in the conference "Development of the natural gas price ...

Romgaz to buy 20% in Greek LNG terminal project

Thursday, October 3, 2019


The shareholders of Romanian natural gas producer Romgaz (SNG) approved in principle the purchase of a 20% stake in Greek LNG terminal operator Gastrade, according to a statement of the company submitted to the Bucharest Stock Exchange (BSE). The price to be paid for the stake is nearly EUR 0.4 million but Romgaz is also supposed to contribute EUR 12.5 mln to the development of the ...

The specific taxation rate in the Romanian Upstream gas industry exceeded 25% in 2018

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Romania has the highest effective tax rate specific to natural gas production in Europe, shows a study by Gabriel Biris, a business lawyer specialized in taxation. The results of the analysis were presented at a press conference organized by the Petroleum and Gas Employers Federation – FPPG. The rate was calculated as a percentage of the Upstream revenues from natural gas. This was almost triple compared to the arithmetic ...

Transgaz announces that the reverse flow from Isaccea to Orlavka is operational

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Transgaz, through its subsidiary, Eurotransgaz, bought Vestmoldtransgaz, transforming it into a private company, says Marius Stoica, advisor to Transgaz’ general manager, Ion Sterian, presenting the stage of the gas pipeline during the first edition of the conference ...

Energy Security Barometer: 83.6% of Romanians said that climate change is real

Thursday, September 26, 2019


Most Romanians want the exploitation of natural gas resources in the Black Sea area and the building of nuclear reactors at the Cernavoda plant, according to a survey of the Energy Security Barometer. More than 75% of Romanians want the Black Sea natural gas resources to be exploited and 65.9% want the construction of nuclear reactors at Cernavoda to be completed, the survey revealed, according to ...

Electrica rated BBB by Fitch, investment grade with stable outlook

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Electrica Group obtained the corporate rating of issuer “BBB” Investment Grade, with a stable outlook, from the financial evaluation agency Fitch Ratings. The rating is higher than the sovereign rating of Romania (“BBB minus” / stable outlook) due to the reduced connections of the company with its main shareholder, the Romanian state, is shown in the Fitch statement. In the opinion of the financial evaluation agency, the ...

Enel aiming to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 70 pct by 2030

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Enel has committed to a 70 percent reduction in its direct greenhouse gas emissions per kWh by 2030, from a 2017 base-year, making it an early adopter of the emission reduction target in line with the April 2019 update of the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).  Furthermore, Enel has committed to reduce by 16 percent its indirect emissions from the sale of natural gas in the retail market by 2030, also from a 2017 ...

Offshore law to be amended, to remove several tax barriers

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Energy Ministry has launched to public debate a draft law to radically amend the Offshore Law, which is regulating the investments in gas&oil deposits in the Black Sea. The amendments are ...

Consumers to pay EUR 2 bln over 10 years to save Oltenia Energy Complex

Thursday, September 26, 2019

All electricity consumers in Romania may have to pay a special fee for a period of ten years, between 2020 and 2030, to save the country’s second-biggest electricity producer – the Oltenia Energy Complex (CEO), ...

Bucharest plans to set up 300 solar-powered parking meters

Thursday, September 26, 2019

The municipal company Parking Bucharest plans to invest RON 58 million (EUR 12.2 million) over the next five years to modernize the city’s parking lots. A total of RON 20 million (EUR 4.2 million) would go on setting up 300 parking meters, RON 2.3 million (EUR 484,210) on the additional software to manage the meters, RON 8.5 million (EUR 1.7 million) on a parking lot management and maintenance software, and RON 15 million (EUR 3.1 million) ...

The 28th Rompetrol gas station in Dolj County 

Thursday, September 26, 2019


Rompetrol Downstream – KMG International Group retail division in Romania opened the fifth Rompetrol gas station in Craiova (12 Henry Ford str.). The total investment amounts to $1.5 million and ensures 15 new work places.  „The new gas station, the 11th opened this year, is part of the company’s strategy for the expansion of the retail network at the national level and the consolidation of its presence in key areas. This allows ...


Thursday, September 26, 2019


By becoming a 12.5% shareholder in e-mobility joint venture Hubject, Enel X can extend the charging network accessible to its customers to the overall Hubject network  Enel X will contribute with its technological expertise to further expand and strengthen Hubject, with the aim to boost worldwide electric mobility penetration  Enel X has become a 12.5% ...

Top executive of Romanian energy company Transelectrica dismissed over diploma forgery suspicions

Thursday, September 26, 2019

The top executive of Romanian major energy company Transelectrica, which is consider a strategic company, was dismissed on Thursday morning over allegations that he forged his faculty diploma. The decision to remove executive Marius Danut Carasol from office was made by the Transelectrica supervisory board.Transelectrica confirmed initial reports regarding his dismissal in a press release stating that the decision is applicable today, September 19.He ...

Rafo Onesti, officially bankrupt

Thursday, September 26, 2019


 The Bacau Tribunal ruled on Thursday the bankruptcy of Rafo Onesti, 11 years after the refinery's activity stopped, according to a press release of the Transylvania Insolvency House (CITR) .The Rafo bankruptcy comes as a natural consequence of the fact that the investors' intentions did not materialize in a transaction, corroborated with the expiration, on August 22, 2019, of the company's 18-month reorganization plan."Rafo Onesti has a symbolic ...

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 ...

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