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Wind park project of 629 MW in Romania obtains technical approval

Wind park 629 MW Romania technical approval

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September 19, 2022

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RNV Infrastructure is developing a 629 MW wind power project in Galați county through its subsidiaries. The investor got a technical approval for the connection to the transmission grid.

A company run by some of the people that installed Europe’s biggest onshore wind park, the Fântânele-Cogealac in Romania, is working on a project that would surpass it in size, Ziarul Financiar reported.

Hoopeks International has obtained the technical approval for connecting a 629 MW facility in Galați county in the country’s east, according to data from transmission system operator Transelectrica. The project company is owned by RNV Infrastructure through its subsidiary Electrocentrale Borzeşti, which took over the defunct Borzeşti gas power plant in 2019.

A former development chief from CEZ Romania is one of the shareholders of RNV Infrastructure

The Fântânele-Cogealac system has a nameplate capacity of 600 MW. Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA) acquired the wind power plant from ČEZ two years ago.

Among the shareholders of RNV Infrastructure is Doru Voicu, former state secretary in the Ministry of Economy. He was the development chief in CEZ Romania at the time when the project was under construction.

Romania is rushing to boost its wind farm capacity, including offshore facilities, to meet tight deadlines for European funding

The Romanian media outlet estimated Hoopeks International’s project at EUR 500 million. Electrocentrale Borzeşti recently signaled that it wants to restart the gas power plant, but in a combination with green energy facilities.

Romania is rushing to boost its wind farm capacity, including offshore facilities, to meet tight deadlines for European funding, increase energy independence from Russia, mitigate the effects of the global energy crisis and decarbonize its economy.

Of note, a 633 MW wind power project is being developed in neighboring Serbia.

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