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April 12, 2021

Cernavoda Nuclear Plant CEO: Chevron’s activities could affect Nuclearelectrica

In an interview with ‘Bursa’ daily, Cernavoda Nuclear Power Plant CEO Daniela Lulache emphasized that Chevron’s shale gas explorations in Pungesti (Vaslui County) could affect the power plant.

“In order to assess the impact of the use of this shale gas exploration technology (fracking – editor’s note) on nuclear power plants, we requested in 2013, as part of the National Research – Development Program in which ICN Pitesti and SITON Bucharest are involved, an ‘Assessment of shale gas exploration’s impact on the seismicity of the Cernavoda nuclear plant’s location and on the area’s tectonics and hydrology.’ The conclusions of the assessment authored by SITON Bucharest prove that hydraulic fracturing could have an impact on the Cernavoda nuclear plant, the recommendation being that shale gas should not be exploited within a 100-km radius around the nuclear plant.” Nevertheless, the CEO of the Cernavoda nuclear plant states that ICN Pitesti’s recommendation is for other studies and analyses to take place, involving specialists from related domains, in order to have an interdisciplinary analysis on the impact, and hypotheses closer to reality.


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