Thermal power plants will not be closed, but, through the Decarbonization Law, they will enter a technical reserve, where they will remain until 2030, stated the Minister of Energy, Virgil Popescu, on Friday, at the briefing of the Government meeting.
“So, no power plant is closed. I have said this before, I say this again: power plants will not close. Power plants, through the Decarbonization Law, enter a technical reserve, they remain there in the technical reserve until the year 2030. We are talking about a restructuring program of the Oltenia Energy Complex, a program in which the governments of 2020, 2021, 2022 have so far invested a billion euros to help the company get out of a situation where it was on the verge of bankruptcy,” said Popescu, according to Agerpres.
“We are talking about another billion euros already approved for modernization, switching from coal to gas. 1,325 megawatts of gas-based energy will be commissioned by the end of the restructuring program, 747 megawatts of renewable energy. (…) So we are not talking about any closure. There is no point in talking about this. And in PNRR we are not talking about closure. The restructuring program of Oltenia is taken over, there is nothing more in the PNRR compared to the restructuring program. And in the decarbonization law this has just been established this, about the technical reserve,” explained Virgil Popescu.