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January 26, 2022

Cluj hydropower plant receives building permit

Works are due to start in 2012 and investment is evaluated at EUR 1.029 bln.

The Cluj County Council (CJ) green lighted the project of building a hydropower plant, evaluated at EUR 1.029 bln, VAT not included, gandul.info reports. The project is part of the Ministry of Economy, Commerce and the Business Environment (MECMA)’s strategy for the development of the energy sector and should be completed by 2018.

“We, as the county authority, are under the obligation to see to everything related to town planning and to collaboration with the local authorities, while the Ministry of Economy will be in charge of financing, via Hidroelectrica,” the head of the Cluj CJ, Alin Tise, stated.

The hydropower plant and its annexes are to be built on a 1.4 million sq m-surface, in the Tarnita-Laptusesti area, on the territory of villages Capusu Mare, Rasca, Gilau and Marisel. This implies, alongside erecting the hydropower plant proper, the building of a stone quarry, underpinnings, adduction facilities, setting up an artificial lake, as well as underground and above ground constructions.

According to the Government memorandum, approved on March 25, 2009, the plant should have an installed power capacity of 1,000 MW, four 250 MW generators that would generate 1,625 GW a year. Works are scheduled to start in 2012, and the first two generators are to be inaugurated in 2016, while the other two should start running in 2018.

The projected hydropower plant will have pumped storage. This means the hydropower plant can produce, as well as consume, surplus energy. The surplus energy will supposedly come from the Cernavoda nuclear plant. A nuclear plant ceaselessly generates energy so that, at night, when electrical power consumption is low, a consumer is needed to take in the energy surplus. The consumer in question could be the Tarnita-Lapusesti hydropower plant, which, if completed, could allow extending the number of reactors in Cernavoda.

The German group E.ON has already voiced its interest in the project. The deputy director general of E.ON Romania, Heinz Rosenbaum, stated that the Düsseldorf-based energy provider could very well be among the investors.

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