The Romanian nuclear industry supports the Paks II new nuclear power plant project in Hungary, a project that features two VVER-1200 nuclear reactors, being of the opinion that the decision is crucial against the backdrop of preparations to replace the old VVER-400 Model V213 (4 x 500 MW) nuclear reactors that will be decommissioned from 2032 to 2037, the Romanian Atomic Forum (ROMATOM) shows in a communiqué.
“In order to meet the European Commission’s target to lower greenhouse gases by 40 per cent, the Romanian nuclear industry, in consensus with the European nuclear industry, is fully aware of the need for a major investment programme that would replace old production capacity that pollute and have low efficiency. The energy mix has to be a balanced choice through which technological diversity and neutrality should play a significant role in attaining the EU objectives – ensuring energy security at national and regional level, the attainment of carbon emission reduction targets and maintaining the price of energy at levels that are bearable for the population. ROMATOM supports the development of the new nuclear power units at Paks II and will continue to support the projects for new nuclear power plants in Europe, power plants that will use safe, viable and verified nuclear technologies,” stated Marius Gheorghiu, CEO of Elcomex IEA, the company that holds ROMATOM’s presidency.
At the end of 2014, Hungary signed an engineering, procurement and constructions contract for two VVER-1200 nuclear reactors at Paks, seeking to replace four VVER-440 nuclear reactors that will be decommissioned in 2032-2037. The project is in the pre-construction stage, the activities currently focusing on the design and the obtaining of permits. Referring to this project, the European Commission started in the first half of 2015 investigations into possible state aid, launching a public consultation procedure in this sense, open from 12 January 2016 to 12 February 2016.
Through the position sent to the European Commission on February 12, as part of the public consultation process on the Pask II nuclear power plant in Hungary, the Romanian Atomic Forum (ROMATOM) supports the member states’ right to choose their proper energy mix in order to attain the decarbonisation targets. Through the two new nuclear reactors, Hungary will attain its carbon emission reduction targets, in combination with the use of renewable energy, thus ensuring its energy security, GDP growth at national level and economic growth at regional level, the creation of jobs, the preservation and transfer of knowledge specific to the nuclear industry.
ROMATOM was established on 10 January 2001, when 14 Romanian companies, private and state-owned, as well as 2 NGOs, decided to set up the Romanian Atomic Forum. ROMATOM currently has over 30 members. The Associations seeks to promote the peaceful use of nuclear energy in Romania and to support the national nuclear programme, and also to coordinate all activities assumed through the accession to the European Atomic Forum Association (Foratom).