For Romania, hydro potential is a sustainable energy development alternative, considering the limited sources of raw material for producing energy, as well as the need of obtaining affordable energy that does not produce greenhouse gases.
Tarnita-Lapustesti PSHPP is an objective of national interest, considering the essential role that it will have in the participation to the necessary frequency-power ratio, upon the commissioning of the 3 and 4 CNE Cernavoda groups.
In this context, the construction of the Tarnita-Lapustesti hydro power plant (PSHPP) with accumulation through pumping represents a priority of the short and medium term strategy for the development of the Romanian energy sector during 2007-2020, approved through Gov. Dec. 1069/2007.
Tarnita-Lapustesti PSHPP is an objective of national interest, considering the essential role that it will have in the participation to the necessary frequency-power ratio, upon the commissioning of the 3 and 4 CNE Cernavoda groups, during 2015-2017.
Currently, in the world, 600 power plants with accumulation through pumping are operated, while 60 more are being either built or designed.
In this context, the construction of hydroelectric pumped storage pumping Tarnita- Lapustesti a priority to short and medium-term strategy for development of the Romanian energy sector in the period 2007-2020, approved by Government Decision no. 1069/2007. In 2014, the Government of Romania approved the investment needed for the pumped storage hydropower plant (PSHPP) Tarnita-Lăpuşteşti through the company HIDRO TARNITA SA, who will participate in the capital of energy companies, with capital wholly or majority owned by the state, namely Complexul Energetic Hunedoara SA, SAPE SA, NUCLEARELECTRICA SA and Complexul Energetic Oltenia SA and selected investors in accordance with the legal provisions relating to the establishment of joint ventures by the Memorandum.
The PSHPP Tarnita-Lapustesti hydro power plant with accumulation through pumping will bebuilt in Cluj county, 30 km upstream of Cluj-Napoca city, on the valley of Somesul Cald river,on the left mountainside adjacent to the Tarnita reservoir. The superior accumulation will takeplace in the area of the Lapustesti plateau, at an altitude of 1100 meters. The plant’s design provides four reversible groups, pump-turbine, with an installed power of 4x 250 MW, and its construction is provided to take place during two stages, in 5-7 years. Being a plant with accumulation through pumping, it will ensure a safety increase in the operation of the electric energy system.
The construction of the Tarnita-Lapustesti PSHPP means a green-field investment valued by ISPH PD Designer, who conducted the feasibility study of the Romanian side at about 1 billion euros (excl. VAT). The investment required for connection to the National Power System (NPS) includes lines Tarnita- Gadalin, Tarnita-Mintia, new cells in Cluj-Gadalin and Mintia stations, the output power station from PSHPP and will be secured by CN Transelectrica SA.