Romanian Nuke Reactor Online, Will Connect to Power Grid in July

World | May 7, 2007, Monday // 00:00| Views: | Comments: 0
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Nuclear fuel at Romania's second nuclear reactor at the Cernavoda power plant has reached critical mass at the weekend, and is expected to be connected to the national power grid in July.

The 700 MW reactor will reach full capacity in September.

It was supposed to go online earlier, but the reactor was started with a delay because the requisite paperwork was not submitted on time.

The second reactor of the Cernavoda plant, built using the Canadian CANDU technology, cost close to EUR 1 B, with budget funds, loans from French banking group Societe Generale and the EU.

Romania plans to build two more units at Cernavoda, a project started during the Communist regime of Nicolae Ceausescu, but frozen for lack of funds in the 1980s.

Romania completed the first reactor at Cernavoda in 1996. The 700 MW nuclear unit accounts for 10% of Romania's power production.
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