Romag Termo power station

From Global Energy Monitor

The Romag Termo power station, also known as the Drobeta power station, is a retired 240-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant in Mehedinti, Romania.


The undated satellite photo below shows the power station in Halanga, 5 km North-East away from Drobeta Turnu Severin town, on 67 DN national route connecting Drobeta Turnu Severin and Tg. Jiu cities.

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The power station is owned by the Romania Authority for Nuclear Activities (RAAN), a Government Business Enterprise. It consisted of six units commissioned from 1986 to 1988. Units 2-3 of 50 MW each were retired in 2008, leaving four units of 60 MW each, or 240 MW total.[1] The remaining four units were retired in December 2019.[2]

Expansion plans

There are plans to increase the capacity of Romag Termo power station to 600 MW, as well as construction of a new 400 MW coal gasification plant at the site, for a total capacity of 1,000 MW. The estimated duration for full project implementation was 2011 to 2015.[3] The project is planned by the Romania Authority for Nuclear Activities (RAAN), a Government Business Enterprise.[3]

In 2014 the Romanian government said China Power Energy would start building a 290 MW power plant at Halanga that year, and would modernize the infrastructure of the lignite mine in the Husnicioara coalfield, which would supply coal for the power station.[4]

However, according to local campaigners in Romania, plant sponsor R.A. Activitati Nucleare has entered insolvency, and plans to build the new plant have been frozen since 2014.[5]

Gas Conversion

In 2020 Romgaz and GSP Power announced plans to build a gas plant and solar facility at the bankrupt site formerly run by Sucursala Romag-Termo of R.A. Activitati Nucleare.[6]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Romgaz; GSP Power[6]
  • Parent company: Romgaz; Grup Servicii Petroliere (GSP)[6]
  • Location: Halânga, Izvoru Bârzii, Mehedinti, Romania
  • Coordinates: 44.6778084, 22.6859951 (exact)
  • Gross generating capacity (pre-construction): 150 MW
    • Unit 8: Gas-fired combined-cycle, 150 MW (start-up not found)[7]
  • Gross generating capacity (cancelled)[8]: 725 MW
    • Unit 7: Coal-fired, 725 MW expansion
  • Gross generating capacity (retired): 340 MW
    • Unit 1: Coal-fired, 60 MW expansion
    • Unit 2: Coal-fired, 50 MW expansion
    • Unit 3: Coal-fired, 50 MW expansion
    • Unit 4: Coal-fired, 60 MW expansion
    • Unit 5: Coal-fired, 60 MW expansion
    • Unit 6: Coal-fired, 60 MW expansion
  • Coal Type: Lignite
  • Coal Source: Husnicioara coalfield
  • Source of financing:

Resources and articles


  1. "General Overview of ROMAG-TERMO Power Plant," RAAN, accessed June 2018
  2. [ Fossil Fuels-Coal,] Transelectrica, January 1, 2010
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Concerning the Investment Project Halanga Thermal Power Plant Modernization and Development: ROMAG TERMO Subsidiary of Romanian Authority for Nuclear Activities," Romania Ministry of Economy, accessed Feb 2013.
  4. "Deputy Traicu thinks that project of Halanga thermoelectric power station aroused Chinese investors' interest," Agerpres, 9 Mar 2014
  5. Conversation with Bankwatch, Romania, Oct 2015
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Romania’s Romgaz to build new 200 MW power plant with private partner, Romania Insider, Sep 8, 2020
  7. Romgaz to build 200MW of gas, solar capacity, Argus Media, Sep 11, 2020
  8. If a project is on hold for two years without further activity, the Global Coal Plant Tracker considers it to be cancelled or abandoned.

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