The situation registered at the National Uranium Company (CNU) is one of the most resounding failures of the system, at managerial and public policies level, and the solving of the problem entails the reopening of new mines and investments in technological upgrades, Energy Minister Victor Grigorescu stated at a press conference. However, we wonder, was not the solving (not just the listing) of CNU problems also the duty of the said minister?
The company’s return to an area of normal economic flows will take time, because we are talking about objective processes, such as technical works, the opening of new mines. But what is the Energy Ministry doing to attain this objective?
“What should have happened at CNU was that new perimeters should have been opened” Minister Grigorescu says. And weren’t they opened? The latest updating of the plan to shut down the current mines was carried out in 2011. Grigorescu takes great care to contradict himself: “We already knew what the outlook of the current perimeters was, when they become non-profitable and when they have to be replaced by opening new ones. Today we find ourselves in the given situation. (…) The company has started, at internal level, procedures for the opening of new perimeters. At this moment, immediate investments are ruled out, because permits have to be obtained, a new feasibility study has to be drafted etc.” Victor Grigorescu emphasised. So it’s all dependent on permits?
Maybe PM Ciolos will have the time to have a look at this strategic sector of the mining industry too.
Because although we have sufficient uranium ore reserves, the Cernavoda nuclear power plant has started buying from Canada, not from the National Uranium Company, the raw materials it needs for its two nuclear reactors.