A delegation composed of 20 nuclear companies participates today in Bucharest at the largest promotional event organized by the British Department for International Trade outside the UK. Representatives of the British Nuclear Industry Association and of the British Nuclear Decommissioning Authority have presented collaborative opportunities argued by the long tradition of the companies from the Kingdom in the commercial exploitation of nuclear energy.
At the opening of the conference, the British Ambassador in Bucharest, Paul Brummell, referred to Romania’s success in the development of the nuclear industry, but also to the challenges of the refurbishment of Cernavoda reactors 1 and 2, as well as the construction of the new reactors. “The UK companies have the experience and technologies that can help in achieving these ambitious plans”, said Paul Brummell. “And it’s not just about Romania,” the British Ambassador continued, “there are interesting developments in the nuclear sector in Central Europe in Bulgaria, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Poland, whether we are talking about new projects, lifetime extensions of the equipment, decommissioning or waste management”.
In his turn, the Secretary of State at the Romanian Ministry of Energy, Andrei Maioreanu, reminded of Romania’s commitment in the nuclear field, based on the tradition, expertise and infrastructure developed for decades. “Romania is among the 14 European Union states that maintain their option of using nuclear energy and developing production capacities”, said Maioreanu.
Romania’s varied and balanced mix of energy is based on natural resources that allow regional competitiveness, stressed out the Secretary of State. “Romania’s strategic objectives are very clear, one of which is to increase Romania’s energy contribution to the regional and European markets by capitalizing the national primary energy resources. Romania must be a regional energy security provider”, said Andrei Maioreanu, which also referred to other energy priorities: competitive energy markets, as a basis for a competitive economy, clean energy and energy efficiency, the upgrading of the energy governance system, ensuring access to electricity and heat for all consumers, vulnerable consumer protection and the energy poverty reduction.
“In this context, the development of the nuclear program – the completion of Units 3 and 4, the extension of the operation period of Units 1 and 2 in Cernavoda – represent investment projects of national interest”, concluded Maioreanu.
At the „Great Nuclear Energy Summit”, there are numerous heavy names of the nuclear industry active in the UK and Europe, including AECOM, AMEC Foster Wheeler, Arexis Consulting, DEF Energy & Environment, GLEEDS Energy Ltd, Gowling WLG, Mott MacDonald, National Nuclear Laboratory NNL, Nuclear Risk Insurers, NUVIA, PacTec EPS, PORVAIR Filtration Group, Rolls-Royce International, RSK, URENCO Enrichment Company, VEOLIA Nuclear Solutions.