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The Isalnita Termo Power Station is a 630-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant in Romania.


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The power station is owned by Craiova and has 2 generating units of 315 MW each for a total of 630MW of installed capacity. They began operating in 1987-1988. The power station formerly had a total of eight generation units, three of 50 MW, one of 55 MW, two of 100 MW and two of 315 MW for a total of 1,035MW, but six of the units were decommissioned, leaving only the two 315MW units.[1]

In 2012 the power station became part of the Oltenia Energy Center owned by CE Oltenia, a company that produces 95 per cent of Romania’s brown coal and can cover 30 per cent of the country’s energy consumption. CE Oltenia was set up in 2012 through the merger of four thermal power plants (Isalnita Power Station, Rovinari Power Station, Turceni power station, and Craiova II Power Station) and of the surface mines located in the Oltenia basin.[2]

Expansion plans

Isalnita-3 Power Station is a proposed 500 MW thermal power plant to be added to the station, planned by Craiova, for a total of 1,535MW. The EUR$650 million investment is designed to also burn natural gas. In 2010 it was reported that only AES in the US remained interested in the project after Edison (Italy) and CEZ (Czech Republic) pulled out.[3]

Since no further progress on the project has been reported in four years, as of mid-2014 it appears the project has been abandoned.

Gas Conversion

In the "2021-2030 Integrated National Energy and Climate Plan" the Energy Ministry states the two 315 MW coal-fired units will be replaced by two 400 MW gas units.[4] The coal units were to be decommissioned in 2025 (Unit 8) and 2026 (Unit 7).[5]

At the end of 2021, Unit 8 was permanently decommissioned.[6]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Complexul Energetic Oltenia (CE Oltenia)[7]
  • Parent company: Complexul Energetic Oltenia S.A.[8]
  • Developer:
  • Location: Isalnita, Dolj County, Romania
  • Coordinates: 44.38844, 23.717422 (exact)
  • Gross Generating Capacity (operating): 315 MW
    • Unit 7: Coal-fired, 315 MW
  • Gross Generating Capacity (pre-construction): 800 MW
    • Unit 9: Gas-fired[4] combined-cycle[4], 400 MW[4] (start-up in 2024)[5]
    • Unit 10: Gas-fired[4] combined-cycle[4], 400 MW[4] (start-up in 2025)[5]
  • Gross Generating Capacity (cancelled): 500 MW
    • Isalnita-3: Coal-fired, 500 MW
  • Coal Type: Lignite
  • Coal Source:
  • Source of financing:

Resources and articles


  1. "CE Craiova vrea o nouă termocentrală," Gaveta de Sud, Dec 1, 2008
  2. "Liquid coal technology to be used in Romanian energy sector," Nine O'Clock, Dec 19, 2014
  3. "A Complex Strategic Choice – Coal Power,", July 2010.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 The 2021-2030 Integrated National Energy and Climate Plan, Romanian Energy Ministry, Apr 2020
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 The energy sector in Romania, Bankwatch, accessed Apr 8, 2021
  6. "MIHAI WEBER (PSD): "Solicit ministrului Energiei regândirea planului de renunţare la cărbune"," Bursa, June 3, 2022.
  7. Energy Production, Complexul Energetic Oltenia, accessed Apr 8, 2021
  8. Shareholding, Complexul Energetic Oltenia, accessed Apr 8, 2021

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