Mihnea Costoiu, former Minister-delegate for Higher Education and Scientific Research, spoke on Friday about a project to build an International Centre for Advanced Studies in the Danube Delta, which will attempt – among others – to exploit the natural gas seeped from the Black Sea, which currently cannot be captured, reports Agerpres.
“This project greatly relies on energy research. As a piece of information I didn’t mention too often, 4 million cubic meters of natural gas bubble out the Black Sea every day, and cannot be captured. This more than EUR 200 ml worth of center we have prepared also has the role to find ways to use this wealth of Romania’s,” Costoiu said at the presentation this Friday of his end-of-term stocktaking review.
A component of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region, which comprises five pillars (transport, energy, environment, society and research), the center will be one of the most important research infrastructures in natural sciences, the environment and the Earth.
“The center will gather in a very special environment as the Danube Delta, the most representative researchers in the aforementioned provinces. It started in 2013 and will be on the list of research infrastructures of pan-European interest (ESFRI). The need for funding for the next period is about 150 million euros,” shows the review presented by the outgoing Minister of Education.
In the cited stocktaking report, Mihnea Costoiu mentioned the Extreme Light Infrastructure – Nuclear Physics project implemented on the Bucharest – Magurele platform, the awards that honored Romanian research at the International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva (2013 – 2014), as well as the participation of the Romanian Space Agency in two programs of the European Space Agency of strategic importance: the International Space Station and the development of the ‘Ariane 6’ rocket.