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Energy Minister Popescu: Companies from US, Canada and France interested to cooperate with Nuclearelectrica in civil nuclear area

Fluor Corporation (the US), Sargent & Lundy (the US), SNC Lavalin (Canada) and Framatome (France) companies will explore cooperation opportunities in the civil nuclear area, both in terms of the development of traditional and advanced nuclear reactors, with Nuclearelectrica, Minister of Energy Virgil Popescu announced on his Facebook page.

“Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm is a supporter of development and innovation in the area of energy, including in Romania. Today [Wednesday], on the sidelines of the International Ministerial conference Nuclear Power in the 21st Century, I participated, alongside Jennifer Granholm and Jonathan Wilkinson, the Minister of Natural Resources in Canada, in a very important announcement for the development of the civilian nuclear programme in our country: Fluor Corporation (the US), Sargent & Lundy (the US), SNC Lavalin (Canada) and Framatome (France) companies will explore cooperation opportunities in the civil nuclear area, both in terms of the development of traditional and advanced nuclear reactors, with Nuclearelectrica (Romania),” wrote the Minister, who is attending these days the conference organized by the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) in Washington.

He underscored that these four companies are leading global providers of nuclear technology and engineering, procurement and construction management and “bring unparalleled expertise in delivering world-class nuclear power in safety and security, and the partnership with SNN proves the experience and professionalism in the nuclear area which Romania has.”

“Through these partnerships, we will also achieve our decarbonization goals and, at the same time, we will strengthen energy independence and security, which are very important in the current geopolitical context. Through cooperation, we will prove that we do not allow energy to be used as a political weapon. The partnership between Romania and the US – Canada and France will bring new opportunities for the future of nuclear energy, as the motto of the conference says ‘Atoms for peace and Development’,” the Energy Minister added.

 

Reducing high energy prices requires investments in new capacities with low carbon emissions, nuclear energy is an important component of the energy mix

 

Reducing high energy prices requires investments in new capacities with low carbon emissions and nuclear energy is an important component of the energy mix, believes the Minister of Energy, Virgil Popescu, who is participating these days in Washington, in the ministerial conference Nuclear Power in the 21st Century, organized by the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency).

 

At the opening of the conference, the Minister of Energy gave a speech in which he strongly condemned the use of energy as a political weapon and the war waged by Russia against Ukraine.

“That’s why we appreciate the continued support of the US in securing additional LNG supplies to the EU. In the long term, we need to start thinking about Europe’s economic recovery. Reducing high energy prices requires investment in new low-carbon energy capacities and adequate financial and administrative support. In our view, nuclear power is an important component of the energy mix, allowing Romania to build on its excellent existing track record in terms of operational safety, as well as to be at the forefront of SMR implementation in the EU,” Virgil Popescu wrote on Facebook.

He added that efforts are needed to accelerate nuclear innovation and nuclear power must be placed at the center of political and strategic discussions about security of supply and decarbonization.

“I strongly believe that timely efforts are needed to accelerate nuclear innovation. But I am convinced that in the future, nuclear power must be placed at the center of our political and strategic discussions about security of supply and decarbonisation, and the international community can play an important role in paving the way. Romania is ready to share its experience in the nuclear sector and regarding the implementation of SMRs at the regional level, so that we can join our efforts for a common goal: safe, clean, reliable and affordable energy for our consumers. Decarbonization is not possible without nuclear energy,” the Minister of Energy said.

He also spoke about the strong partnership with North American and European companies in the nuclear field, since the selection of CANDU technology in the 60s, and recalled that, based on this partnership, the new construction project in Cernavoda, Units 3 and 4, will advance and the renovation of Unit 1 for another 30 years of safe and efficient operation.

“Furthermore, the Agreement between the Government of Romania and the Government of the United States of America on cooperation in connection with the nuclear-energy projects at Cernavoda and in the civil nuclear energy sector in Romania demonstrates the importance of the strategic partnership we have. At the same time, Nuclearelectrica and NuScale will be developing the first small modular reactor (SMR) in Romania on the site of the former thermal power plant in Doicesti, Dambovita County,” said the quoted source.

 

Photo: Facebook/Virgil Popescu

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