Brasov rehabilitation of district heating system

Project completed
Construction worker in excavator
The old tubes of the heat transport and distribution networks are replaced. © SECO

In the framework of this project, the old, worn-out and over-dimensioned tubes of the heat transport and distribution networks of district heating system of Tractorul, a residential area of the city of Brasov, will be replaced.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Romania
Protecting the environment
Energy efficiency and renewable energy
25.06.2015 - 07.09.2019
CHF 4'370'730

Note: the texts under all the headings, with the exception of 'Results achieved', describe the situation before the start of the project.

Background

Under the Swiss-Romanian Cooperation Programme the European Energy Award is being introduced in four Romanian pilot cities. The European Energy Award is a quality management and certification system for municipalities committed to sustainable municipal energy, climate and transport policies. It is based on the label “Energy City”, which has originally been developed in Switzerland. Brasov, a city of 228'000 inhabitants located in the center of Romania, is one of four pilot cities. Based on its Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP) it has identified the rehabilitation of the district heating system in Tractorul, which is one of the most relevant sections of the network, as a high priority infrastructure project. Through its rehabilitation, climate-damaging emissions are reduced, the number of connections increased and their heat consumption controlled and reduced, which also helps to improve the public finances of the city of Brasov.

Objectives

The goal of the project is to save energy and reduce CO2 emissions by rehabilitating the heat transport and distribution networks in the Tractorul residential area of Brasov.

Target groups

The direct beneficiaries are the Municipality of Brasov, which will be the owner of the invest-ments, as well as the municipality owned utility TEKTRON SRL. Indirect beneficiaries include the inhabitants of 2'835 apartments presently connected to concerned thermal substations, as well as other inhabitants, businesses and administrations located in the Tractorul area.

Activities
  • The rehabilitation of the thermal energy transport network, consisting in the replacement of 7'696 m of old, worn out and overdimensioned traditionally (i.e. mineral wool and asphalt board) insulated steel pipes by smaller pre-insulated pipes with protective polypropylene casings and equipped with breakdown signalling wires to spot leakages.
  • The extension of the heat carrier network into areas with high potential for thermal energy consumption through potential new customers, such as a Lidl supermarket, the Mircea Cristea National College, the Coresi Business Park and several public administration buildings.
  • The rehabilitation of thermal energy distribution networks at two thermal substations, consisting in the replacement of old, worn-out steel pipes by pre-insulated pipes made of wrought iron (for heat) or zinc-coated steel (for hot water and recirculation). A total of 4'140 m of heat distribution pipes will be replaced, along with 4'092 m of hot water and recirculation pipes.

 

Results

Expected results:  

  • The reduction of energy losses in heat transport and distribution, as well as hot water distribution networks by 50%.
  • Energy savings of 9.55 GWh/year.
  • CO2 emissions are reduced by 1'965 tons/year.
  • Yearly cost savings on energy and maintenance of CHF 614'000, allowing the Municipality of Brasov to sustain its policy of guaranteeing affordable thermal energy supply according to the purchasing power of its citizens for a limited number of years (until 2021).
  • An increase of customers connected to the central district heating system in the Tractorul district from 3'120 to 6'200 in 2020, with corresponding increase of thermal energy deliveries from 18'890 Gcal/year to 44'000 Gcal/year in 2020.


Directorate/federal office responsible SECO
Credit area Swiss Contribution to the enlarged EU
Project partners Contract partner
  • Foreign state institutions
  • Romanian Ministry of Public Finance and Romanian Ministry of Regional Development and Public Administration

Implementing partner
Municipality of Brasov

Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF   4'370'730 Swiss disbursement to date CHF   0
Project phases

Phase 10 25.06.2015 - 07.09.2019   (Completed)