Thermal Energy Conservation Project (TECP)



Project number:


Business sector:

Municipal and environmental infrastructure

Notice type:


Environmental category:


Approval date:

08 Apr 1997



PSD disclosed:

07 Nov 1996

Project Description

The project enables the borrower to address urgent investment needs for the rehabilitation of the district heating networks in the cities of Buzau, Fagaras, Oltenita, Pascani and Ploiesti.

The project will:

  • increase significantly the heating systems' efficiency by reducing the fuel, heat and water losses, and support demand-side investments;
  • contribute to the implementation of a market-oriented regulatory framework in the heating sector and support the commercialisation of the heating companies; and
  • create environmental benefits by reducing the SO2, NOx, particulates and CO2 generated by the companies' heating production and distribution facilities.

Transition Impact

The project will:

  • contribute to the formation and expansion of small and medium-sized enterprises;
  • contribute to the implementation of a cost-based pricing of energy and effective collection of receivables;
  • support the implementation of a market-based system for regulating the sector and reduce the market distortions in the sector; and
  • improve effective corporate governance and speed up the transfer of market-economy management skills.

The Client

The borrower is Romania, and the beneficiaries and implementing agencies are the district heating companies operating in the municipalities of Buzau, Fagaras, Oltenita, Pascani and Ploiesti.

EBRD Finance

The proposed loan is US$ 45 million (ECU 36 million): 15 years' maturity and five years' grace period.

Project Cost

The total project cost is estimated at US$ 74.38 million (ECU 59.5 million).

Environmental Impact

The project was screened as B/0, requiring an environmental analysis. This was carried out for all five towns covered by the project by an independent international consultant. As part of the environmental due diligence, a quantitative analysis of air emissions for two scenarios was undertaken, comparing:

  • a business-as-usual scenario, i.e. the level of emissions if the system continues to operate without technical modifications but production increases to meet current heat demand, and
  • a least-cost scenario, i.e. the level of emissions following implemention of the rehabilitation programme and conservation measures to be financed under this project.

The analysis demonstrated that the project will have a positive environmental impact as it will significantly reduce air emissions.

All boilers will burn natural gas as the main fuel. The new boilers will comply with Romanian and European Union emission standards as shown below:

Air emissions from new boilers (mg/Nm3) Project

Particulates 5
Nitrous oxides 200
Sulphur dioxide 35

Air emissions from new boilers (mg/Nm3)EU standards

Particulates 5
Nitrous oxides 350
Sulphur dioxide 35

Other project components will be designed and implemented in accordance with applicable Romanian laws and good international practices.

The results of the environmental analysis were discussed with the local environmental authorities, who endorsed the conclusions presented by the consultants. Environmental and health and safety permits to commence construction and rehabilitation works have been issued by the Romanian regulatory authorities.

Technical Cooperation

Technical cooperation will focus on procurement, engineering design and a project management advisory service to ensure that the project is properly implemented.


Business opportunities

For business opportunities or procurement, contact the client company.

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General enquiries

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Public Information Policy (PIP)

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Independent Project Accountability Mechanism (IPAM)

If efforts to address environmental, social or public disclosure concerns with the Client or the Bank are unsuccessful (e.g. through the Client’s Project-level grievance mechanism or through direct engagement with Bank management), individuals and organisations may seek to address their concerns through the EBRD’s Independent Project Accountability Mechanism (IPAM).

IPAM independently reviews Project issues that are believed to have caused (or to be likely to cause) harm. The purpose of the Mechanism is: to support dialogue between Project stakeholders to resolve environmental, social and public disclosure issues; to determine whether the Bank has complied with its Environmental and Social Policy or Project-specific provisions of its Access to Information Policy; and where applicable, to address any existing non-compliance with these policies, while preventing future non-compliance by the Bank.

Please visit the Independent Project Accountability Mechanism webpage to find out how to submit a Request for review through our confidential online form, by email, mail or telephone. IPAM is available to discuss your concerns and answer any questions you may have about the submission or handling of Requests, which follow the Project Accountability Policy and Guidance. Requestors’ identities may be kept confidential, upon request.

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