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PRIMARY ENERGY RESOURCES increased by 1.0% DURING 1.I.–30.XI.2018

Thursday, January 17, 2019

During 1.I – 30.XI.2018, primary energy resources increased by 1.0%, while those of electricity increased by 0.2% as compared to the same period of previous year. The main primary energy resources during 1.I.-30.XI.2018 amounted to 31524.7 thousand tonnes oil equivalent1 (toe), increasing with 297.4 thousand toe as against 1.I.-30.XI.2017. Domestic production amounted to 19207.1 thousand toe, decreasing with ...

Delgaz grid investigated over alleged abuse of dominant position in Romania

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Romania’s Competition Council launched an investigation into a possible abuse of dominant position by Delgaz Grid, a company of the E.ON Romania group, according to a press release of the competition authority. Should the Competition Council find violation of the competition rules, the company involved is liable to a fine of up to 10% of the turnover. The company is checked for having possibly applied discriminatory ...

US threatens EU companies with sanctions over Nord Steam 2, Turkish Stream

Thursday, January 17, 2019

A transatlantic tiff over Europe’s natural gas supply came to the boil on Sunday (13 January), as Donald Trump’s ambassador to Germany threatened firms involved in a pipeline from Russia with sanctions, euractiv.com reads. At stake is a mixture of economic and security interests for Moscow, Washington, Berlin and Paris – with equally direct consequences for Ukraine and other Eastern European ...

Wind energy ensured 20% of the electricity consumption in Romania, fourth place in Europe

Thursday, January 10, 2019


The wind energy ensured on Friday 20% of the electricity consumption, which places Romania on the fourth place in Europe, after Denmark (81% of consumption), Germany (37%) and Austria (23% of the consumption). According to the data provided by the association Wind Europe, the wind energy ensured 19% of the consumption of Portugal (fifth), followed by Sweden (15%), the Netherlands (11%), Spain (10%) and Cyprus (10%). The top of ...

The DAM price of electricity on Monday was over 25% higher than the regional levels

Thursday, January 10, 2019

The price of energy in Romania on the Day Ahead Market was on Monday the highest in the region, at a difference of over 25% compared to other countries with which Romania is coupled, according to data posted on the website of the market operator OPCOM quoted by energynomics.ro. The situation maintained on Tuesday, but the price differential in Hungary fell sharply to around 2%. Thus, for Monday deliveries in Romania, the energy was traded at EUR 83.10 ...

Ten new companies entered electricity, natural gas and green certificate markets

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Ten new companies entered electricity, natural gas and green certificate markets administered by OPCOM, in December 2018, according to market operator OPCOM. We are talking about Energy Gas Provider (PCGN, PZU-GN), Serinus Energy Romania (PZU-GN, PCGN), Axpo Energy Romania (PZU-GN), smart Biz Management (PCV), Apuron Energy (PC-OTC), Wind Photovoltaic PPP (PI) and Alfa Land (PI). At the end of December, 374 participants were ...

Francois-Regis Mouton (IOGP): If everything is set right, investors will come

Thursday, January 10, 2019

With over 80 members around the world, the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers – IOGP – represents most of the world’s leading publicly traded, private and state-owned oil and gas companies, industry associations and major Upstream service companies. When we met in Bruxelles, few weeks ago, Mr. Francois-Regis Mouton – IOGP EU Affairs Director, spoke about Europe’s rising dependence on imports of oil and ...

Hidroelectrica will not pay compensation to Energy Financing Team AG, Bern’s Arbitration Tribunal decided

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Hidroelectrica won the trial against Energy Financing Team (ETF) company at the Arbitration Tribunal in Bern, Switzerland, at the end of 2018. The Arbitral Tribunal fully rejected EFT AG’s claims in the amount of EUR 80 million (reduced during the trial after Hidroelectrica’s defense statements at EUR 42.6 million plus interest of 5 percent per year starting in 2013), representing compensation for the alleged Hidroelectrica ‘s culpable non-execution of the ...

Solar households to be paid for excess power after UK government U-turn

Thursday, January 10, 2019


The UK government has made a U-turn on its decision to end the solar “export tariff”, confirming that households which install solar panels in the future will be paid for excess power they generate and send to the grid. EURACTIV’s media partner edie.net ...

EPG questions the consumption forecasted in the Romanian NECP draft

Thursday, January 10, 2019

In a first analysis of Romania’s Integrated National Energy Climate Plan (NECP) draft, which has just been launched in public debate for a few weeks, the Energy Policy Group (EPG) experts note that “in general, the NECP draft suffers from a lack transparency and rigor as regards the analytical basis and the necessary methodological clarifications”, energynomics.ro reas. The main shortcomings, according to the EPG, are the excessively optimistic estimation of ...

European Commission says distorted, inadequate interventions on gas market could put investment at risk

Thursday, January 3, 2019

The distorted, inadequate interventions on the natural gas market could put the investment at risk and delay the gas production from the Black Sea offshore deposits, thus affecting the development of the relevant infrastructure for the safety of supply and solidarity in the Energy Union, the European Commission says.The EC specifies that it took note of the OUG on the gas price presented by the Romanian governement on 18 December and that it will assess it ...

Higher fuel prices as of January 1, 2019

Thursday, January 3, 2019


Fuel prices will increase as of January 1, 2019. The litre of fuel will cost by RON 0.20 more, resulting in costs by RON 10 higher for a 50 litres full tank. The increases are the consequence of increased excise duties, calculated according to the inflation rate, realitatea.net reports. The price of fuel has decreased in the past two months, with the litre of petrol costing RON 5 and the litre of diesel fuel RON 5.30. This level will increase by RON ...

TeraPlast and E.ON Energie Romania sign a 1.9 million euro agreement for energy efficiency solutions

Thursday, January 3, 2019

E.ON Energie Romania will build a photovoltaic power plant in TeraPlast Industrial Park, part of a strategic partnership estimated at 1.9 million euros, energynomics.ro reports. The construction of the photovoltaic power plant has as its main objective the distributed production of electricity from renewable sources, using the solar energy and supplying the produced energy to the consumers connected to the power plant, states a press ...

Romania's final energy consumption to go up annually approx 2.4pct by 2022

Thursday, January 3, 2019


Romania's final energy consumption will increase between 2019 and 2022, with annual jumps of approximately 2.4 percent, the Energy Balance Forecast published in December by the National Commission for Strategy and Prognosis (CNSP) showed.Thus, in 2019, Romania's total energy consumption is estimated at 24.06 million tonnes of oil equivalent (toe), up 2.4 percent year-on-year. In 2020, the indicator will register an increase of 2.5 percent up to 24.66 million toe. ...

Financial Times: Romania shocks investors with bank and energy tax plans

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Romania’s government announced a swath of corporate taxes as part of a plan to raise 10 billion lei (€2.1bn) to address a budget deficit, sending the country’s stock market plummeting, energynomics.ro informs. The measures are being introduced to try to ease a budget shortfall and keep Romania within the EU’s fiscal rules, which allow a deficit of 3 per cent of gross domestic product. The deficit was 2.2 per cent at the end of ...

Dedeman bought 23% of ALRO Slatina

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Romanian company Dedeman, owned by the Paval brothers, bought 23.26% of ALRO, through Paval Holding, in a private placement initiated by majority shareholders. In addition, two executive managers of ALRO, the Chairman of the Board of Directors – Marian Nastase and the Financial Director – Genoveva ...

Eurostat: In 2016, the EU imported more oil from Hungary and Slovakia than from Romania

Thursday, January 3, 2019

According to Eurostat, in 2016, EU Member States imported 545.9 Million tonnes (Mt) of crude oil. Almost two thirds of these imports (67%) came from five countries. The largest share came from Russia (166.0 Mt in 2016, representing 32% of the total crude oil imports to the EU) and Norway (64.2 Mt, 12%), followed by Iraq (43.0 Mt, 8%), Saudi Arabia (40.5 Mt, 8%) and Kazakhstan (35.3 Mt, 7%). Eurostat data also show that in 2016, ...

Petrom, reaction to OUG imposing new taxes and taxes:

Thursday, December 20, 2018

The draft emergency ordinance announced by the Ministry of Finance, which imposes new taxes and increases existing ones, "will have a strong negative impact on Romania's energy sector, on energy security, on jobs and investments," says Petrom, a press release. Petrom's reaction is unusually tough, the company listed on the stock exchange being extremely cautious in terms of public communication. The largest Romanian company with ...

Electricity price to rise substantially in Romania in 2019

Thursday, December 20, 2018

The electricity price [on the wholesale market] will increase by 40% next year compared to 2018, which will also result in higher prices for end-users, Petre Stroe, CEO of the energy and gas supplier MET Energy Romania, commented at a press conference. He pointed out that the regulations in this sector are not well set up, so some traders may unilaterally terminate contracts, preferring to pay penalties, ...

Gov't proposes capping prices of domestic production's natural gas to 68 lei/MWh, until February 2022

Thursday, December 20, 2018

 The Executive envisages capping the price of natural gas from domestic production to 68 lei / MWh (rd 14 euro, ed. n.), for a period of three years, until February 2022, Minister of Public Finance Eugen Teodorovici announced Tuesday at Victoria Palace."Setting a price ceiling for gas is another measure taken to protect both households and the economic environment. Unfortunately, the behavior of certain companies in different sectors of activity shows very ...

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