Paroseni power station

From Global Energy Monitor

The Paroseni power station is a 150 megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station in Romania. A new plant of 200 MW was proposed but subsequently cancelled.

In 2021, the country's first coal-to-biomass conversion was proposed at the site.


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

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The plant was owned by Termoelectrica. In June 2012 Paroseni was put under the newly formed power company, Complexul Energetic Hunedoara, which also includes Mintia-Deva power station and the functional mining sites that are part of the National Hard Coal Company (CNH).[1]


Units 1-3 of the Paroseni Power Station, each 50 MW, were built in 1956, 1957, and 1959 respectively. They are now retired.

Unit 4 (150 MW) was built in 1964 and remains in operation.[2][3] In December 2011, the European Investment Bank approved a EUR 32,650,000 loan (approx. US$42,584,446) for upgrading Unit 4 of the Paroseni power station.[4]

In 2012, Paroseni was merged with the the Mintia-Deva power station to become the Hunedoara Energy Complex.

Biomass proposal

In November 2021, Energy Minister Virgil Popescu and Bjørn H. Knappskog, CEO of Arbaflame, signed a letter of intent to turn the activity of the Paroșeni CET into a "sustainable one" in terms of CO2 emissions, in line with the objectives assumed by Romanian Government to achieve the goals of the energy transition. The collaboration with Arbaflame, a Norwegian company, was expected to involve replacing coal with the pellets produced by Arbaflame, and, in the long run, include the construction of a factory to produce these pellets in Romania.[5]

Expansion plans for Unit 5 (200 MW)

On September 30, 2011, the Romanian government applied to the EU Emissions Trading System for allocation of approximately 75 million tonnes of carbon allowances free of charge in the period 2013-2019. The application included construction of four new coal-fired power plants with a total capacity of 2,000 MW (CE Rovinari, SE Islanita, SE Paroseni, and Braila Power). The new Paroseni plant would be 200 MW.[6]

According to the Romania Energy Ministry, investment in Paroseni was cancelled as of 2014.[7]

Project Details for Proposed Unit 5

  • Sponsor: Complexul Energetic Hunedoara
  • Parent company:
  • Developer:
  • Location: Paroseni, Hunedoara, Romania
  • Coordinates: 45.366101, 23.261351 (exact)
  • Status: Cancelled
  • Capacity: 200 MW
  • Type:
  • Start date:
  • Coal Type: Hard coal
  • Coal Source:
  • Source of financing:

Resources and articles


  1. "How Will The War Between Coal And Green Energy End?" ZF English, March 17, 2014
  2. "Coal- and Lignite-Fired Plants in Romania," Power Plants Around the World, accessed May 2014
  3. "Coal-Fired Plants Financed by International Public Investment Institutions Since 1994," Appendix to Foreclosing the Future: Coal, Climate and International Public Finance: Investment in coal-fired power plants hinders the fight against global warming, Environmental Defense, April 2009
  4. "PAROSENI POWER PLANT," European Investment Bank, December 2011, archived September 10, 2016
  5. "Acord Important Pentru Cet Paroșeni: În Prima Parte A Anului 2022 Vor Începe Testele Pentru A Înlocui Cărbunele Cu Peleții Produși De Arbaflame," Ministerul Energiei, November 2, 2021
  6. "The Article 10C Application of Romania," Bankwatch, February 21, 2012
  7. "Planul National de Investii," Romania Energy Ministry, accessed September 2016

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