City of Oradea in Romania granted exploration license for geothermal development

Oradea city hall, Romania (source: flickr/ Jerzy Kociatkiewicz, creative commons)
Alexander Richter 4 Jan 2019

The municipality of Oradea in Northwestern Romania has been granted an exploration license for planned development utilising geothermal resources for district heating.

Romania’s National Agency for Mineral Resources (ANMR) has granted the city of Oradea in Northwestern Romania, a geothermal exploration license. As reported by Romania Insider, so far only a private company had a license to explore geothermal resources.

With this first license granted to a local municipality, Oradea can now explore geothermal energy resources and apply for funding from the European Union. The license was also a requirement under additional EUR 19 million funding for several smaller geothermal heating plants in a part of Oradea.

The city, located in Northwestern Romania, has a population of around 200,000 and is located close to the Hungarian border, and close to Baile Felix, a thermal spa resort in Sanmartin in Bihor Country.

Source: Romanian Insider