Craiova II power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Craiova II power station is an operating power station of at least 300-megawatts (MW) in Craiova, Dolj, Romania with multiple units, some of which are not currently operating.


Table 1: Project-level location details

Plant name Location Coordinates (WGS 84)
Craiova II power station Craiova, Dolj, Romania 44.343502, 23.814184 (exact)

The map below shows the exact location of the power station.

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Unit-level coordinates (WGS 84):

  • Unit 3, Unit 4: 44.343502, 23.814184
  • Unit 1, Unit 2: 44.345194, 23.814897

Project Details

Table 2: Unit-level details

Unit name Status Fuel(s) Capacity (MW) Technology CHP Start year Retired year
Unit 1 operating coal - lignite 150 subcritical 1987 2025[1]
Unit 2 operating coal - lignite 150 subcritical 1988 2025[1]
Unit 3 cancelled coal - bituminous 150 subcritical
Unit 4 pre-permit[2][3] fossil gas - natural gas[4] 295[3][4] combined cycle[2] 2024[5]

CHP is an abbreviation for Combined Heat and Power. It is a technology that produces electricity and thermal energy at high efficiencies. Coal units track this information in the Captive Use section when known.

Table 3: Unit-level ownership and operator details

Unit name Owner
Unit 1 Complexul Energetic Craiova SA [100.0%]
Unit 2 Complexul Energetic Craiova SA [100.0%]
Unit 3 Complexul Energetic Oltenia SA (CE Oltenia) [100.0%]
Unit 4 Complexul Energetic Oltenia SA (CE Oltenia) [100.0%]


The 2 x 150 MW power station was built in 1987 and was fueled by lignite coal and natural gas.[6][7]

The Craiova Power Station, along with the Rovinari power station, Isalnita power station, and Turceni power station, were considered to be part of the Oltenia Energy Complex.[8]

Expansion plans

In 2008, it was reported there were plans to add a third coal unit of 150 MW at the station,[9] which would result in a total power generating capacity of 450 MW at a cost of US$ 225 million.[10]

However, as of 2015, there was no further news about the plan, which appeared to have been abandoned.

Coal ash spill

The ash remains

In December 2013, a coal ash deposit belonging to the Oltenia Energy Complex flooded 15 hectares of agricultural lands and 10 households in the Submaidane area of the Turceni and Ionesti settlements.[11]

Gas Conversion

In the "2021-2030 Integrated National Energy and Climate Plan", the Energy Ministry states the two 150 MW coal-fired units will be replaced by a 200 MW gas unit.[12] Work is expected to begin in 2021.[13]

The coal units would be decommissioned in 2025.[14]

Articles and Resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 Archived from the original on 01 September 2022. {{cite web}}: Check date values in: |archive-date= (help); Missing or empty |title= (help)
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  5. Archived from the original on 09 July 2022. {{cite web}}: Check date values in: |archive-date= (help); Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. "Cele mai mari termocentrale din Romania"
  7. [ "European Coal Map,"] CAN, 2015
  8. "The study for the power plant in Rovinari to be ready this autumn," Romania Scout, May 22, 2013.
  9. "CE Craiova vrea o noua termocentrala," Gazete de Sud, Dec 1, 2008
  10. "The Article 10C Application of Romania, Bankwatch, Feb. 21, 2012
  11. "The future is ash-grey for people in Turceni, Romania," Bankwatch, Sep. 9, 2014.
  12. The 2021-2030 Integrated National Energy and Climate Plan, Romanian Energy Ministry, Apr 2020
  13. Romania to start Craiova 2 plant coal-to-gas conversion in 2021 - report, See News, Jul 30, 2019
  14. The energy sector in Romania, Bankwatch, accessed Apr 8, 2021

Additional data

To access additional data, including interactive maps of the power stations, downloadable datases, and summary data, please visit the Global Coal Plant Tracker and the Global Oil and Gas Plant Tracker on the Global Energy Monitor website.