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The Craiova II Power Station is a 300-megawatt (MW) thermal power station located in Craiova, Romania.


The undated satellite photo below shows the power station in Craiova.

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The 2 x 150 MW power station was built in 1987 and fueled by lignite coal and natural gas.[1][2]

The Craiova Power Station, along with the Rovinari power station, Isalnita power station, and Turceni power station, are considered part of the Oltenia Energy complex.[3]

Expansion plans

In 2008 it was reported there were plans to add a third coal unit of 150 MW at the station,[4] which would result in a total power generating capacity of 450 MW at a cost of US$ 225 million.[5]

However, as of 2015 there are no news of the plan, which appears 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.[6]

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.[7] Work is expected to begin in 2021.[8] The coal units will be decommissioned in 2025.[9]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Complexul Energetic Oltenia (CE Oltenia)[10]
  • Parent company: Complexul Energetic Oltenia S.A.[11]
  • Developer:
  • Location: Craiova, Dolj, Romania
  • Coordinates: 44.343502, 23.814184 (exact)
  • Gross Generating Capacity (operating): 300 MW
    • Unit 1: Coal-fired, 150 MW
    • Unit 2: Coal-fired, 150 MW
  • Gross Generating Capacity (proposed): 200 MW
    • Unit 4: Gas-fired[7] cogeneration[7], 200 MW[7] (start-up in 2024)[8]
  • Gross Generating Capacity (cancelled): 150 MW
    • Unit 3: Coal-fired, 150 MW
  • Coal Type: Hard coal
  • Coal Source:
  • Source of financing:

Resources and articles


  1. "Cele mai mari termocentrale din Romania"
  2. [ "European Coal Map,"] CAN, 2015
  3. "The study for the power plant in Rovinari to be ready this autumn," Romania Scout, May 22, 2013.
  4. "CE Craiova vrea o noua termocentrala," Gazete de Sud, Dec 1, 2008
  5. "The Article 10C Application of Romania, Bankwatch, Feb. 21, 2012
  6. "The future is ash-grey for people in Turceni, Romania," Bankwatch, Sep. 9, 2014.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 The 2021-2030 Integrated National Energy and Climate Plan, Romanian Energy Ministry, Apr 2020
  8. 8.0 8.1 Romania to start Craiova 2 plant coal-to-gas conversion in 2021 - report, See News, Jul 30, 2019
  9. The energy sector in Romania, Bankwatch, accessed Apr 8, 2021
  10. Energy Production, Complexul Energetic Oltenia, accessed Apr 8, 2021
  11. Shareholding, Complexul Energetic Oltenia, accessed Apr 8, 2021

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