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Romanian national nuclear company Societatea Nationala Nuclearelectrica (SNN) has been awarded a non-refundable grant of USD1.28 million by the US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) for use in the identification of potential sites in Romania to host small modular reactors. The USTDA is an independent federal government agency focused on connecting US companies with export opportunities in emerging markets.

Date: Friday, 15 January 2021
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Romania and France on 26 October signed a declaration of intent for a partnership on the construction of reactors 3 and 4 and the upgrade of reactor 1 of the Cernavoda NPP, Romanian Prime MInister Ludovic Orban said during a two-day visit to France.

At the same time, Romanian nuclear utility Nuclearelectrica signed a partnership agreement with French nuclear group Orano. This came two weeks after Romania signed an agreement with the USA on the expansion of Cernavoda nuclear power plant. 

Date: Friday, 30 October 2020
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The Cernavodă nuclear power station in Romania has two Candu reactor units. France and Romania signed a declaration of intent that includes plan to work with “strategic partners” to build Units 3 and 4 of the Cernavodă nuclear power station and to refurbish Unit 1.

The document was signed by French prime minister Jean Castex and his Romanian counterpart Ludovic Orban, who led a delegation of his ministers to Paris.

In a statement following the signing Mr Orban said an agreement had also been signed between Romana’s state nuclear corporation Nuclearelectrica, which operates the Cernavodă station, and French nuclear engineering company Orano, but he gave no further details.

Earlier this month Romania and the US signed a draft cooperation agreement for the construction of Cernavodă-3 and -4 and the refurbishment of Cernavodă-1.

Date: Thursday, 29 October 2020
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France and Romania have signed a declaration of intent on cooperation in the civil nuclear field, which aims, among other things, to work "with strategic partners" to build units 3 and 4 of the Cernavoda nuclear power plant and to upgrade unit 1. The document was signed yesterday by French Prime Minister Jean Castex and his Romanian counterpart Ludovic Orban, who led a delegation of his ministers to Paris.

Date: Wednesday, 28 October 2020
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A draft intergovernmental agreement on cooperation to expand and modernise Romania's nuclear power programme has been signed between Romania and the USA. Areas for cooperation could include the completion of units 3 and 4 at the Cernavoda nuclear power plant and the refurbishment of unit 1 at the plant.

Date: Tuesday, 13 October 2020
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Move follows cancellation earlier this year of deal with China The Cernavodă nuclear power station, where Romania is planning to build two new reactors. Romania was scheduled to sign cooperation and financing agreements with the US on Friday for the refurbishment of one nuclear power reactor and the construction of two more at the Cernavodă nuclear power station, US ambassador Adrian Zuckerman said on Thursday.

In a statement posted on the US Embassy in Romania’s website, Mr Zuckerman said Romania’s energy minister Virgil-Daniel Popescu would meet with US energy secretary Dan Brouillette in Washington to initial an intergovernmental cooperation agreement for the refurbishment of one nuclear reactor and the building of two new reactors at Cernavodă. “This $8bn project will be a paradigm for future Romanian- American economic and energy development projects,” he said.

Later in the day, Mr Popescu was to meet with the president and chairwoman of the US Exim Bank, Kimberley Reed, to execute a memorandum of understanding for the financing of the Cernavodă nuclear project and other projects in Romania. The financing package is the largest financing package ever received by Romania and is indicative of the confidence the US has in its longstanding partner and ally, Mr Zuckerman said.

Romanian state-owned nuclear power producer Nuclearelectrica ended talks with China General Nuclear (CGN) about the Cernavodă project in June after they had dragged on for six years.

Date: Saturday, 10 October 2020
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Romania has launched a tender for a new feasibility study to complete units 3 and 4 of the Cernavoda nuclear power plant for which it is prepared to pay up to RON1 million (USD245,000). There is also the option of a single unit being put up for auction, according to a report by Economica.Net.

Date: Thursday, 06 August 2020
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Development follows cancellation of deal with China’s CGN Prime minister Ludovic Orban said the government is close to signing an agreement with undisclosed “Euro-Atlantic partners” to complete the third and fourth units at the Cernavodă (pictured). Romania is close to signing an agreement with undisclosed “Euro-Atlantic partners” to complete the third and fourth units at the Cernavodă nuclear power station, prime minister Ludovic Orban announced on July 23 as he visited the plant.

Romania will invest €8-9 bn to build the two new plants, which should be ready by 2030, Mr Orban said.

“As soon as possible, after we establish a team at government level to explore the best options, we will negotiate and sign agreements to start these fundamental investments for Romania,” local press reports quoted Mr Orban as saying.

Earlier this year state-controlled nuclear energy producer Nuclearelectrica terminated an agreement signed with China General Nuclear Power Corporation (CGN) for the construction of Units 3 and 4.

Date: Saturday, 25 July 2020
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The slightly elevated levels of three different radioisotopes recently detected in northern Europe are probably related to a nuclear reactor which is either operating or undergoing maintenance, the International Atomic Energy Agency said in a statement on 3 July.

The recorded air concentrations of the particles were very low and posed no risk to human health and the environment, the statement said.

However, the IAEA also said the geographical origin of the release has not yet been determined.

Last week, Estonia, Finland and Sweden reported levels of ruthenium-103, caesium-134 and caesium-137 isotopes in the air which were higher than usual.

The IAEA, in an effort to help identify the possible origin of the radioisotopes, contacted counterparts in Europe and asked for information about whether they were detected in their countries, and if any event there may have been associated with the atmospheric release.

Date: Saturday, 04 July 2020
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