Romania confirms plans to build five CANDU reactors at Cernavoda
September 10, 2003
Romania has announced that it intends to carry through with construction of the five CANDU reactors at the Cernavoda power plant. Unit 1 has been in service since 1996 and unit 2 is 50% complete.
At the World Nuclear Symposium held in London, a spokesman confirmed that the country plans to complete construction of unit 3 by 2011 through a construction-operation-transfer contract, and that it will build units 4 and 5 for start-up by 2020.
Nuclear-generated electricity represents substantial savings in Romania: the Cernavoda plant generates power at a cost of 2.3 U.S. cents per kilowatt-hour, versus 2.54 to 5.81 U.S. cents per kWh for the country's fossil fuel plants.