EC evaluates nuclear security and safety at Cernavoda plant

A delegation from the Department of Energy and the European Atomic Energy Community with the European Commission has evaluated the technical aspects related to nuclear security and safety at the Cernavoda-based Nuclear Plant (southeastern Romania), over March 22-24, according to a release of the Romanian Ministry of Economy, Trade and Business Environment (MECMA).

The representatives of the EC delegation, led by the chief of the coordination and international relations office under the Department of Energy and the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom), Massimo Garriba, met Romanian Economy Minister Adrian Videanu and Secretary of State with MECMA, Tudor Serban, who is also Chairman of the Board of Administration of EnergoNuclear.

Moreover, the European officials discussed with the Romania side on the manner to meet requirements of the in force standards and regulation in the field of energy.
According to MECMA, the visit paid by the EU delegation it was a necessary step towards obtaining of a favourable opinion from the EC related to investment projects to be carried out at units 3 and 4 at the Cernavoda plant, in compliance with the provisions of the Euratom treaty.

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The EC delegation also visited operational units 1 and 2 and the Interim Storage Facility for Spent Fuel. EnergoNuclear is the consortium selected to build reactors 3 and 4 at Cernavoda. The Romanian state will hold a 51 percent in this consortium.
Shares of EnergoNuclear are hold by project partners national company Nuclearelectrica (51 percent), ArcelorMittal (6.2 percent), CEZ (9.15 percent), GDF Suez (9.15 percent), Enel (9.15 percent), Iberdrola (6.2 percent) and RWE Power (9.15 percent), The Cernavoda plant is currently functioning with two reactors, ensuring 18 percent of the consumption of electricity at national level.

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