Romatom: Nuclear energy is cheap and clean

The nuclear energy produced by the two nuclear reactors of the Cernavoda nuclear power plant (photo) covers around 18 per cent of the electricity consumed in Romania, contributing to the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions by approximately 12 million tons per year since that amount of electricity would otherwise be produced by burning fossil fuels, the Romanian Atomic Forum (Romatom) informs.

“The doubling of the Cernavoda Nuclear Power Plant’s capacity, through the construction of two new CANDU 6 nuclear reactors, will substantially contribute, alongside renewable energy and other sources of energy with low carbon emissions, to attaining and maintaining the decarbonisation targets, against the backdrop of Romania’s future long-term development, and to the boosting of energy security at national and regional level,” Romatom says.

Romatom’s statements come following uninspired statements, to say the least, made by Energy Regulatory Authority (ANRE) President Nicolae Havrilet, who claimed that nuclear energy “is very dangerous and very expensive.”

“The Romanian Atomic Forum, the association of Romanian nuclear industry, expresses its disagreement with the statements made by ANRE President Nicolae Havrilet. These statements run counter to ANRE’s primordial role – regulating and ensuring an unbiased and non-discriminatory legal framework applicable to the whole energy sector,” Romatom warns.

In this context, the association informs that the Cernavoda nuclear power plant has 53 permits legally issued by various national and local authorities, emphasising that the nuclear industry is subject to nuclear security inspections and assessments carried out by international bodies such as the International Atomic Energy Agency, Euratom and the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO).

Referring to the statement according to which nuclear energy is “very expensive,” Romatom argues that nuclear energy is the source that ANRE uses to form the energy mix for the regulated market segment, in order to maintain a stable price for the end consumer, nuclear energy being a cheap source of energy.

According to the Romanian Atomic Forum, mentioning the costs of decommissioning the reactors at the end of their service life as an element with a major impact on the price of energy produced by the Cernavoda nuclear power plant is completely erroneous. Nuclearelectrica is the only Romanian producer that has internalized the costs of decommissioning and final storage of nuclear waste, contributing EUR 2/MWh to the fund set up for this purpose, a fund managed by the Nuclear Waste Agency.

Romatom was established on 10 January 2001, when 14 companies, both private and state-owned, and 2 NGOs decided to set up the Romanian Atomic Forum. Romatom currently has over 30 members.

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