Romania selects US firm for $8bn nuclear power project

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Romania has contracted a US company for an $8bn nuclear power project after ending talks with China General Nuclear (CGN) over the same project in June.

The project involves addition of two reactors to the nuclear power facility on the river Danube and upgrading one of its reactors.

Romania’s Economy Ministry has contracted US construction and engineering firm AECOM to lead the mega power project.

For the nuclear reactor contract, a draft intergovernmental cooperation agreement was signed by Romanian Economy Minister Virgil Popescu and US Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette in Washington on 9 October.

The draft agreement will be send to the European Commission for approval.

“This fulfils a strategic mission, identifying partners from NATO states for Units 3 and 4,” Minister Popescu was quoted by Reuters, as saying.

“The agreement we signed … today allows us to have American technology and expertise for Units 3 and 4, but also for refurbishing Unit 1, while keeping Candu 6 technology.”

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In June, Romanian state-owned nuclear power producer Nuclearelectrica ceased its prolonged talks, which ran for almost six years, with CGN to build the new reactors.

US Ambassador Adrian Zuckerman said that AECOM will coordinate the nuclear power project, for which Romanian, Canadian and French firms will work.

Currently, Nuclearelectrica operates two 706MW reactors, accounting for a fifth of total power production in the country.

The reactors use the Candu technology supplied by Canada’s Candu Energy, which is owned by SNC Lavalin Group.

The new reactors are also expected to feature CANDU 6 technology.