President Basescu: One must plan a higher safety level than the one at Cernavoda

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Romania’s President Traian Basescu, who is on Tuesday on a visit to the nuclear power station at Flamanville, where there is a third generating nuclear reactor, said that they would go on using Canadian technology for reactors 3 and 4 of the nuclear power station at Cernavoda (south-eastern Romania), but that the developments of modern life make it imperative to plan a higher safety level for the second nuclear power station that is to be built.

„It is clear that we must too consider future technological developments.
Who knows what will be when we start building the second power station.
For the time being we are going to use the same technology for reactors 3 and 4, Canadian technology.

It is out of the question to use something else, as the maintenance would be too expensive, but it is quite clear that the development of modern life and the risks of the future force us to also plan a higher level of safety than the one at Cernavoda, as such a thing already exists,” said Basescu.

He added that although there are opinions according to which the building of the second reactor at Cernavoda would have been delayed, it is done in due time.
In this respect Basescu said that they started building the reactor at Flamanville in 2006 too and it would be put into operation in 2014.

The Romanian Head of State emphasized the fact that the reactor at Flamanville is a third generation one, the difference between the two consisting in the level of safety to the inner, exploitation risks but also the the outer ones.

„For instance, this reactor may be hit by a missile and it will not be affected.
It may be hit by a plane in a situation resembling the one on September 11 and it will not be affected, it will be safe.

The safety systems are at the level at which the reactor should not be affected by terrorist attacks.
The only risk for the reactor is the nuclear bomb,” said the President.
On the building site at Flamanville the Romania Head of State also met some of the 200 Romanian people working here.

President Basescu was accompanied in Flamanville by Minister of Economy Adriean Videanu, Minister of Foreign Affairs Cristian Diaconescu, Minister of Transports Radu Berceanu, Minister of Tourism Elena Udrea as well as by former tennis player Ilie Nastase.

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