860 MW Romanian gas-fired plant operations postponed

Petrom, Romania's top oil and gas company, have postponed starting its 860 MW Brazi gas-fired power plant due to a technical glitch.

The plant was initially scheduled to start operations at the end of the fourth quarter of last year, Reuters reports.

"Final tests were close to the end, but they were interrupted exclusively due to external technical factors," Petrom said in a statement.

"Up until the time they (technical glitches) occurred, the project had advanced according to plans."

Energy sector sources quoted by daily Ziarul Financiar said the Brazi power plant could begin operations in May. The Brazi plant is Petrom's first foray into the local electricity market, and the company is working on a wind energy park.

Petrom is majority-controlled by Austria's OMV.

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