Chinese Corporation to Build Romanian Nuclear Reactors

Southeast Europe | October 20, 2014, Monday // 14:45|  views

A picture of Unit 1 of Romania's NPP in the Danube city of Cernavoda. Photo by

China Cheneral Nuclear Power Corporation (CGN) has been selected as the investor to develop two 740-MW units at the Cernavoda NPP, the Romanian state-owned energy utility Nuclearelectrica has said.

Nuclearelectrica and CGN signed in November 2013 a letter of intent about the projects, but the Chinese entity is now the winner of the tender to construct units 3 and 4, after also being the single bidder, Romania Insider reports.

A joint venture is to be set up where CGN will be the majority shareholder.

Previous estimates had suggested the project would carry a price tag of EUR 6.5 B, but the last feasibility study is now expected to be reviewed. Initially it was expected construction would cost about EUR 4 B.

Negotiation and signing of a memorandum of understanding about the joint implementation of the project are the next steps to be expected.

The two Canadian CANDU-type, 700-MW reactors operating now at the Cernavoda NPP in the country's south-east account for nearly a fifth of Romania's annual electricity needs.

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