Cernavoda contract key step towards life extension

31 October 2019

Candu Energy Inc. and its consortium partner Ansaldo Nucleare have been awarded contract by Romania's Societatea Nationala Nuclearelectrica (SNN) to provide condition assessment engineering services for unit 1 of the Cernavoda nuclear plant.

The contract is valued at C$12.3, with Ansaldo Nucleare's scope about 35% of the entire contract value.

Condition asssessment is "a key step" in preparing for plant life extension of Cernavoda 1, a 706MW Candu 6 pressurised heavy water reactor, for an additional 30 years, SNN said.

Sandy Taylor, President, Nuclear at SNC-Lavalin, the parent company of Candu Energy, noted: "The condition assessment services award is a great example of our commitment to support SNN throughout this critical preparatory stage as they ramp up for the refurbishment of [Cernavoda] Unit 1."

"We have brought the original designers of Cernavoda Unit 1 together through our strategic partnership with Ansaldo Nucleare, which is key to the success of this project,” he added.

Cernavoda 1, which was commissioned in December 1996, provides about 10% of Romania's electricity demands and its operation has avoided the release of more than 4 million tonnes of carbon dioxide per year.

Photo: Cernavoda nuclear plant (credit: SNN)

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