‘Danger Unites Us’ The charcoal on the forefront of pure energy

TSeventy meters below sea level, Sebastian Trintika works as an elevator in the Livzeni mine in the Romanian Jiu Valley. Embracing the metal, wood, and other materials, he stared intently at his co-workers as he picked up the coal they needed to extract the coal. The focus is on keeping his miners alive, which can be said to be a lifeline for everyone working at Livezeni. Most devices are over 30 years old. Miners walk underground, knowing that the roof supports may be torn down or that the conveyor belt may be cracked. In the seven years that followed, Trintika was buried three times in coal. Each time, his co-workers pulled him out.

“Danger unites us,” he said. “Underground brotherhood. You know that the coworker behind you can save your life.

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Mines work in the Livezeni mine. Photo: Adrian Katu / The Guardian

At the institutional level, he says no one looks back. Coal has been declining for 3 years, and little else has been created to replace the lost jobs. In the mid-1990’s, 15 mines employed 45,000 people in the Jiu Valley. Currently, there are only about 3,000 workers left in the four mines, including Livevizeni, Pulkan, Lonia and Lupini. As Romania strives to meet EU climate goals, it is all set to close by 2030. Coal accounts for about one-fifth of the country’s energy supply, less than the combination of wind and solar.

But when the operation closes, there will be little choice but to go for a well-paid job in these monopolies, which depend on the coal industry. Many have already left. Half of Trentica’s five-story apartment is empty.

“We want something to replace mining,” said Lucian Inkulesku, leader of Livezeni ‘Libertatea 2008’. “Any.”

Many EU funds begin to distribute money in an effort to eliminate coal and facilitate a “smooth transition” to clean energy. But now there is only one program going on in the valley. Over the next two years, it aims to revitalize 200 turbine technicians. The project is being supported by the Romanian Wind Power Association (RESS) at Renewable Energy.

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Miners receive training aimed at helping them enter the wind industry. Photo: Adrian Katu / The Guardian

The center, which opened in late September, is funded by the European Capital Humanitarian Program. Sebastian Enche, managing director of RESS, said the project was a major project to rehabilitate 8,000 miners and others in the valley over the next 10 years.

“We are committed to the industry giving priority to graduates of the academy in the labor market,” he said.

The one- to four-month training program, valued at ,000 8,828, is free for miners to participate. The course is certified to operate on turbines throughout Romania and abroad.

“This rehearsal program could be one of the best things that has happened in Jiu Valley in the last 10 years,” said Adrian Borbel, now a wind turbine technician. “Wind power provides jobs for people to help their families, even if there is someone working in that family.”

Trintika and its miners welcome the new program, stating that they are interested in learning and agreeing on wind farms, knowing that coal is being mined. After decades of mining, modern wind turbines have become a luxury.

“Aren’t many people afraid to build wind turbines?” They ask. he said. “How can I be afraid to build 100m above the ground? I go down 300 meters below the ground every day in the mine.”

But while there is interest in wind power training programs, miners say it is not perfect. The valley is not suitable for wind power, so anyone who wants to work in the industry should do so. Many miners claim that wages in the renewable sector are not enough to compensate for the time spent away from their families. Trintika has previously taken a wind industry resurfacing course and is offered የቤት 1,350 a month to work as an entry-level technician. This would be more than € 600-800 working on the mine, but it would mean spending half the year away from home and family, leaving behind the clutter and paying rent, perhaps in a high-rise city. The cost of living rather than the Jiu Valley.

The training is designed to provide miners with practical experience so that their starting salary is commensurate with their mining pay. Enache argues that students who graduate from the program could earn up to 5,000 5,000 a month. But the need to spend time building a career in renewable energy conflicts with the desire to make money in the short term. Some say that if they have to move away from home, they may want to consider better-paying jobs. Working on construction or collecting asparagus in Germany costs € 2,000-2,800 a month.

For people with families in the valley, such as Tyrannica, mining has always been an economically viable option. He grew up hearing stories of his father working secretly and he did not want to join them. But since most employers in the region pay only € 300-400 a month, the mines saw it as the only way to stabilize their finances.

For decades, the local economy has been dominated by one industry: coal. The coming European currency aims to expand the region. Romania could receive around ቢሊዮን 2 billion from the European Union’s Justice Fund. That process begins with the creation of special plans for the country’s coal regions, including the Geo Valley. The European Commission has hired the consulting firm PwC to carry out the planning process, and the consultants have held numerous meetings and workshops with local stakeholders, including mayors, union leaders, clergy and NGOs. However, the miners’ advisers did not speak to any of the former workers.

The most recent draft proposes to revitalize the economy, build infrastructure, improve quality of life and support domestic entrepreneurship. It calls for the development of programs to attract international investors, the construction of technology and vocational training centers, and the development of local tourism. It is a clear question of how those plans will be implemented.

“Everyone asks: Why don’t investors come?” Florin Tiberiu Ikob-Ridizi, mayor of Petroshini, said. “We are 100 kilometers away from any highway. The Jiu Valley is a bit isolated.

Until the strategy is implemented, miners will have to find a solution on their own, knowing that their work will soon be over. Those close to the age of 45 are planning to take on a regular 10,000 10,000 government subsidy to reduce the number of coal-based jobs. In addition to the sums collected, they also depend on the generous pension provided for hazardous working conditions. Young miners are forced to develop their own backup plans. Some do secondary work on their shift shifts, repairing, laying floors, or driving trucks.

Madeleine Brandon, who has been a miner for six years, recently took a wind farm course to work on altitude, which he taught at the Petroshini Center. The mine is currently the best option and has not yet signed a contract to switch to renewable materials. He knows, though, that the end of Romania’s coal is near, and that he is making plans.

“I’m getting ready when the funds close,” he said. “I did welding. I got a truck driver’s license. I took the entire course. When the bombs exploded, I put all my certificates on the table.

He wants to stay in his hometown if possible, where he is the lead singer of a Romanian traditional music group with other mines.

Now, with a few other lucrative jobs, miners such as Tyranica and Brandon continue to dig underground, hoping to survive.

“As a child, I cried and cried at night, praying to God to shut down my father’s petrolla mine,” he said. He did not tell his mother that he was going to work as a hunter, going to the most dangerous places on earth to save his friends or to put out fires.

Wind power courses in Petroshini begin later this year, but the future of the Jiu Valley is uncertain.

“We know what to do,” said Petrosani Mayor Ikob-Rizi. But no one really knows how to do it.

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