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Geothermal project in Oradea Romania in cooperation with Icelandic Geothermal Engineering. Photo: Oradea Municipality
In Oradea in Romania, coal is replaced by geothermal energy from water in district heating. Photo: Oradea Municipality

Utilising the geothermal potential in Romania

  • In Oradea in western Romania there is great potential to increase the use of geothermal energy. With support from the Grants and in cooperation with Icelandic Geothermal Engineering, the municipality is replacing fossil fuels for district heating.

    “Without the Icelandic partner and their experience on board, we would not have achieved this much. The partner’s input and technical knowledge enabled us to go ahead with the geothermal development,” said Consellor in Oradea municipality, Oana Nicula.

    The municipality is replacing coal with thermal energy produced from geothermal water contributing to reduce CO2 emissions. In addition, the change from fossil fuels to geothermal energy increases energy security by shifting to local resources and prices remain stable, giving a long term benefit to consumers. Both houses and a school in Oradea will be benefit from the change to this renewable energy source.
    Geothermal energy is a form of heat accessible from below the Earth’s surface. In Iceland - one of the three donor countries of the EEA Grants - it is used to heat about nine out of ten households.

    “We have used the experiences from Iceland to inform the public and the local authorities of the benefits of geothermal energy. The project has opened the eyes of the local decision makers,” said Arni Gunnarsson from Icelandic Geothermal Engineering, which is also participating in three other projects in Romania, contributing technical support, know-how and machinery.

    Iceland is a world leader in the use of geothermal energy. With more than 40 years of experience in utilising, extracting and developing this sort of energy, and with several high profile companies with expertise in this field, Iceland has put geothermal energy in the forefront of its cooperation with the beneficiary countries. Read more.

    More information

    Project promoter: Municipality of Oradea

    Project partner: Icelandic Geothermal Engineering

    Grant amount: € 3.3 million

    Project link: http://bit.ly/1TluXb8

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    Project title:

    Development of geothermal energy to produce heat for consumers and the reinjection of geothermal water in reservoirs

    Project number:


    Priority sector:

    Climate Change


    € 3321903



    Project promoter:

    Municipality of Oradea

    Type of Institution:

    Regional or local authority

    Project duration:

    30 months

    Project cost:

    € 3,908,121

    Grant from:

    EEA Grants

    The Municipality of Oradea has a strategy for heating defined in a master plan approved by the City Council in 2010. The plan includes the rehabilitation of heat and power production plants using gas as fuel, the rehabilitation of the heat transport system and an increase in geothermal energy intake. The project’s aim is to replace the heat produced by the CET Oradea with thermal energy produced from geothermal water. The project will result in an installed capacity of 2,7 MWt; 3662,80 of energy produced per year and an estimated avoidance 1130 tonnes CO2 per year. The direct beneficiaries of the project are the end users from 52 buildings located on the streets of Matei Basarab, Suceava, Rimanoczy Kalman and buildings belonging to the Sports High School. All residents of Oradea will benefit from the reduction in pollutant emissions (dust, CO2, NOx). The Donor Project Partner is Icelandic Geothermal Engineering Ltd. (IGE). IGE’s role is to provide technical assistance in support of engineering and quality control during project implementation, and evaluation of geothermal deposit characteristics of Oradea.