Romania revives the Tarniţa-Lăpuşteşti pumped storage hydropower plant project

The Tarniţa-Lăpuşteşti pumped storage hydropower plant project holds great significance for Romania as it represents a crucial step towards embracing green energy, strategic investment, and achieving system balance, as emphasized by Minister of Energy, Sebastian Burduja. To move forward with this ambitious endeavor, the Society for the Administration of Energy Shares (SAPE) has recently initiated a market consultation process to identify and select the best design solutions for the project. Interested stakeholders are invited to submit non-binding estimates until August 8, with the potential for the hydropower plant’s installed capacity to reach up to 1 GW. The development process is expected to be gradual, ideally supported by European funds and serious investors, while also leveraging valuable insights from past studies conducted over several decades.

The proposed Tarniţa – Lăpuşteşti hydroelectric plant project with storage and pumping (CHEAP) brings forth numerous advantages and functions for Romania’s national energy system. These include increased safety for the SEN during operation within the UCTE, efficient transfer of electrical energy from low-demand periods to peak hours, market arbitration capabilities, and reserves for fast and slow tertiary adjustments. The project also promises frequency-power adjustments, provision of reactive reserve and voltage regulation within the SEN, facilitation of electricity exchange through interconnection within UCTE, and the ability to restore network interconnections during power outages. Furthermore, it offers the opportunity to manage intermittent renewable sources of electricity, allowing for the installation of a power greater than 4000 MW in wind power plants.

The forthcoming feasibility study for the Tarniţa-Lăpuşteşti pumped storage hydroelectric plant, which will be contracted to explore solutions within the 500 – 1,000 MW power range, aims to determine the most viable construction options and conduct thorough cost-benefit analyses. It will be conducted considering existing legislative, technical, and economic conditions, and will involve obtaining urban planning certificates, relevant notices for utility provisions, and comprehensive agreements and studies, including environmental assessments. This comprehensive approach ensures meticulous planning and paves the way for a successful realization of the project while meeting the nation’s increasing energy needs through sustainable and innovative means.

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