Second nuclear power plant to use more efficient technology
The second nuclear power plant to be built in Romania will not work on Candu technology, like the one in Cernavoda, in southeastern Romania, but on a more advanced, safer and more efficient technology, State Secretary with the Economy Ministry Tudor Serban said Thursday.
The location of the new plant will be officially made public in September , but Economy Minister Adriean Videanu said it will be in center-west of Transylvania.
„The most important energy and gas companies are interested in the project,” Videanu said.
The Nuclear Power Plant in Cernavoda is the only nuclear power plant in Romania. It produces around 18% of the country’s electricity. It uses CANDU reactor technology from AECL, using heavy water produced at Drobeta-Turnu Severin as its neutron moderator and water from the Danube for cooling.
The power plant was designed in Canada by Atomic Energy of Canada Limited in the 1980s, during the Communist era. The initial plan was to build five units. Units 1 and 2 are currently fully operational. Unit One was finished in 1996 and produces 705.6 MW of electricity. It was commissioned and began operating at full power in 1996 and has had record capacity factors of 90 percent since 2005.
Unit Two was officially commissioned on Friday, October 5, 2007 during ceremonies attended by Romanian Prime Minister Calin Popescu-Tariceanu and senior officials from Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL). This makes CNE-Cernavoda Station the largest power producer in the country.