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November 24, 2021

Tarnita – Lapustesti, Romania

By Carmen

Tarnita – Lapustesti is a 1,000MW hydro power project. It is planned on Somesul Cald river/basin in Cluj, Romania. The project is currently in permitting stage. It will be developed in single phase. The project construction is likely to commence in 2025 and is expected to enter into commercial operation in 2029.

Project Type Total Capacity (MW) Active Capacity (MW) Pipeline Capacity (MW) Project Status Project Location Project Developer
Hydropower 1,000 1,000 Permitting Cluj, Romania HIDRO Tarnita; S.C. Hidroelectrica


The project is being developed by HIDRO Tarnita and S.C. Hidroelectrica. These companies also have ownership stakes in the project.

Tarnita – Lapustesti is a pumped storage project. The project is expected to generate 1,625 GWh of electricity. The project cost is expected to be around $1,127.78m.

The hydro power project consists of 4 turbines, each with 250MW nameplate capacity.

Development Status

The project construction is expected to commence from 2025. Subsequent to that it will enter into commercial operation by 2029.

About S.C. Hidroelectrica

S.C. Hidroelectrica SA (Hidroelectrica), is an electric company that produces, trades and supplies energy; and also provides ancillary services for the National Energy System. The company also provides water management services including raw water, flood protection, debit adjustments, flow rate insurance and other water management services. It trades energy in OTC, balancing, PCSU, regulated and other markets. Hidroelectrica invests in development, refurbishment and upgrade of hydro plants and equipment. It also maintains hydropower facilities, re-commissions damaged or malfunctioning installations, increases the technical performance of the equipment, and ensures the observance of legal requirements. The company is owned by the Ministry of Energy and Fondul Proprietatea SA. Hidroelectrica is headquartered in Bucharest, Romania.


All power projects included in this report are drawn from GlobalData’s Power Intelligence Center. The information regarding the project parameters is sourced through secondary information sources such as electric utilities, equipment manufacturers, developers, project proponent’s – news, deals and financial reporting, regulatory body, associations, government planning reports and publications. Wherever needed the information is further validated through primary from various stakeholders across the power value chain and professionals from leading players within the power sector.

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