Bulgaria and Romania Plan Third Romanian HPP on Danube, Turnu Măgurele-Nicopole

The Bulgarian National Electricity Company (NEK) and the Romanian company Hidroelectrica are reactivating a project dating back to the communist period to build a joint hydropower plant (HPP) on the Danube, between the cities of Nicopole in Bulgaria and Turnu Măgurele in Romania, the Bulgarian Minister of Energy said on February 14 , Rumen Radev, quoted by the Bulgarian press.
The HPP should generate 800 MW of electricity annually.
The project dates back 50 years and was worked on in the 1980s and 1990s, NEK director Martin Georgiev said. He said that this also includes the construction of a second bridge on the Danube that would connect the two countries. It is estimated that this construction would cost the two countries 6 billion euros, according to Bulgarian media.
“This is a cross-border project where the hydropower plant is just a small part of the benefits – it is an important infrastructure project, which will secure an important connectivity between the two countries – of roads, rails, energy networks, as there will be a substation and the floating will be improved, as well as the management of flood risks,” Georgiev said.
The Bulgarian press, however, recalls that environmentalists are vehemently opposed to the project, saying it poses risks for biodiversity. Between Nicopole and Turnu Măgurele there are several islets that are nature reserves and that could be destroyed by the construction works, they remind.
Over time, there have been many discussions in Romania related to this project, which was included at one point in a broad investment strategy of Hidroelectrica, but things didn’t move on.
“Romania and Bulgaria will resume negotiations to build the hydropower plant from Turnu Măgurele – Nicopol. The hydrotechnical project will have 840 MW of installed power, of which 420 MW is the Romanian part, with a total production of 4400 GW per year, respectively 2200 GW for Romania. Today we agreed with the Minister of Energy of Bulgaria Rosen Hristov that it is a necessary, very important project to ensure energy independence and security. I had these discussions with Minister Hristov at the 26th Conference organized by the Institute of Energy for South-East Europe with the theme “Energy & Development 2022″, in Athens”, said the former Enerhy minister Virgil Popescu in November 2022.
BulgariaBulgarian Minister of EnergyBulgarian National Electricity Company (NEK)DanubeHidroelectricaHPPHydroelectric Damhydroelectric planthydropower plantNEK director Martin GeorgievRomaniarumen radevTurnu Magurele-Nicopole
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  • Panagiotis Spyridis

    These are excellent news! It can draw EU funds naturally. The environmentalist groups should target the over industrialised German polluters that probably still dump chemicals upstream.