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September 18, 2021

New nuclear waste repository in Saligny

Romania plans building a new nuclear waste repository in the commune of Saligny, near the Cernavoda nuclear power plant, which will require an initial investment of EUR 40 M, president of the National Agency for Radioactive Waste (ANDR) Florin Tatar told a conference on nuclear fuel management, Agerpres informs. ‘We are prepared to build this repository by 2020, but it all depends on the extension of the service life of Cernavoda Unit 1, that will further produce radioactive waste we will further need to store. (…) We stay in touch with Nuclearelectrica to see when they decide this expansion and we will correlate our strategy with them. (…) The investment will then rise to EUR 400 M overall,’ said Tatar. He stressed that this facility will be built independently of plans regarding the construction of Cernavoda reactors 3 and 4. The money will come mainly from the 2 euro per MWh fee which Nuclearelectrica pays into a special fund for the storage of radioactive waste, but attracting private investors into this project is also sought. Tatar also said that the feasibility study for the Saligny repository is subject to revision that will end in late May and will result in project costs being updated.

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