Romania Mining Report

Providing expert analysis, independent forecasts and competitive intelligence on the mining.

Report includes: BMI Industry View, Industry SWOT Analysis, Industry Forecasts, BMI's Petrochemicals Risk Reward Index, Economic Forecasts, Company Profiles and Global, Regional and Country Industry Overviews.

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BMI View: Romania's potential as an important centre for European mining remains undermined by a number of ongoing challenges. While efforts are being made on a governmental level to improve the business environment by reducing corruption and providing a steady economic platform from which to support private sector activity. However, this has only partly filtere d through to the mining sector, where foreign operators continue to meet with a number of challenges. As well as a lingering infrastructure deficit, the government's opposition to Gabriel Resources' Rosia Montana mining project highlights the opposition towards commercial mining ventures that still exists in the country and that has prevented the country from fully leveraging its significant resources. Pressure on the government to reduce its carbon emissions is meanwhile resulting in the steady decline of the coal mining industry. These obstacles aside, the anticipated commencement of activity at Eldorado Gold ' s Certej gold mining project later this year should lead to significant growth in gold production over the next few years.

Mining Industry Value 2013-2020
2013e 2014e 2015e 2016f 2017f 2018f 2019f 2020f
e/f = BMI estimate/forecast. Source: BMI, Eurostat
Mining Industry Value, RONbn 5.77 5.92 7.18 5.86 5.66 5.53 5.39 5.40
Mining Industry Value, RONbn, % y-o-y -1.94 2.67 21.30 -18.39 -3.45 -2.33 -2.44 0.18

Latest Updates And Forecasts:

  • In April 2016, Carpathian Gold announced it had undertaken a private placement worth a reported minimum of CAD10mn which will allow it to advance operations at the Rovina Valley gold mining project in Romania.

  • In February, Romania's government declared that mining activity at the Rosia Montana gold mine was 'prohibited', declaring the surrounding region a historic site of national interest. Canada's Gabriel Resources had been trying to securing mining rights for the project for the past 15 years and is reported to have invested USD500mn in exploration and feasibility studies.

  • Commencement of mining activity at Eldorado's Certej mine should provide a substantial boost to Romania's overall gold output over the next few years. Production is forecast to grow by 24% in 2016, with the project set to come online towards the end of the year. Output is expected to reach nearly 160koz a year by 2020, compared with an estimated 21koz in 2015.

  • However, we forecast coal production to contract further due to the winding down of hard coal mining projects across the country. Output will fall by 4.5% in 2016, falling from about 34 million tonnes (mnt) in 2015 to less than 29mnt in 2020.

BMI Industry View
Table: Mining Industry Value 2013-2020
Industry Forecast
Gold: Growth, But Mixed Fortunes For Investors
Table: Gold Production Forecast (Romania 2012-2020)
Table: Romania - Key Gold Projects
Coal: Decline To Continue
Table: Coal Production Forecast (Romania 2013-2020)
Industry Risk Reward Ratings
Europe: Risk/Reward Index
Table: Europe - Mining Risk/Reward Index
Regulatory Development
Tax Regime
Corruption A Major Concern
Table: BMI Romania Politics
Commodities Forecast
Commodities Outlook
Table: BMI Commodities Price Forecasts
Competitive Landscape
Company Profile
Table: Mechel - Financial Data
Eldorado Gold
Table: Eldorado - Financial Data
Regional Overview
Industry Forecast Methodology
Risk/Reward Index Methodology
Table: Weighting Of Indicators

The Romania Mining Report has been researched at source and features BMI Research's mining and commodity forecasts for metals, minerals and gems, covering all major indicators including reserves, production, exports and values. The report also analyses trends and prospects, national and multinational companies and changes in the regulatory environment.

BMI's Romania Mining Report provides industry strategists, service companies, company analysts and consultants, government departments, trade associations and regulatory bodies with BMI's independent forecasts and competitive intelligence on the mining industry in Romania.

Key Benefits

  • Use BMI's independent industry forecasts on Romania to test other views - a key input for successful budgeting and planning in this mining market.
  • Target business opportunities and risks in Romania's mining sector through our reviews of latest mining industry trends, regulatory changes and major deals, projects and investments in Romania.
  • Assess the activities, strategy and market position of your competitors, partners and clients via our Company Profiles (inc. KPIs and latest activity), Key Projects Tables and Competitive Landscape Tables.


BMI Industry View

Summary of BMI’s key forecasts and industry analysis, covering mining reserves, supply, demand and prices, plus analysis of landmark company developments and key changes in the regulatory environment.

Industry SWOT analysis

Analysis of the major Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats within the mining sector and within the broader political, economic and business environment.

BMI Industry Forecasts

Historic data series (2009-2013) and forecasts to end-2019 for key industry and economic indicators, supported by explicit assumptions, plus analysis of key risks to the main forecasts. Indicators include:

  • Mining industry: Industry size (USDmn), real growth (%), % of GDP, employment (‘000), workforce as % of total workforce, average wage (USD).
  • Output: Production volumes (‘000 tonnes, carats etc.) for all major metals, minerals, ores and gems mined in each state, including bauxite, copper, gold, coal, lead, silver, tin, titanium, uranium, zinc etc.
  • Exports: Value of exports (USDmn) for all major metals, minerals, ores and gems mined in each state.
  • Commodity markets: Global demand, supply, stocks and benchmark prices (USD) for aluminium, copper, lead, nickel, tin, zinc, gold and steel.

BMI’s Mining Risk Reward Index

BMI’s Risk Reward Indices provide investors (mining companies and support service providers) looking for opportunities in the region with a clear country-comparative assessment of a market’s risks and potential rewards. Each of the country markets are scored using a sophisticated model that includes more than 40 industry, economic and demographic data points to provide indices of highest to lowest appeal to investors, with each position explained.

Competitive Landscape Tables & Analysis

Comparative company analyses and tables detailing USD sales, % share of total sales, number of employees, year established, market cap/NAV, ownership structure, production and % market share.

Key Projects

Details and analysis of all current and planned developments (new ventures, capacity expansion and other investments) across the sector broken down by metal/ore.

Company Profiles*

Examines the competitive positioning and short- to medium-term business strategies of key industry players. Strategy is examined within the context of BMI’s industry forecasts, our macroeconomic views and our understanding of the wider competitive landscape. The latest financial and operating statistics and key company developments are also incorporated within the company profiles, enabling a full evaluation of recent company performance and future growth prospects.


The Mining reports are based on an extensive network of primary sources, such as multilateral organisations (UN, WB, IMF), national chambers of commerce and industry, national statistical offices, government ministries and central banks, and multinational companies.

*Company profiles are not available for every country. Those reports instead contain information on the current activities of prominent companies operating in the market.