MISSISSAUGA, ONT. — Societatea Nationala Nuclearelectrica S.A. (SNN) has awarded a $13.9 million contract to Candu Energy Inc., a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, and its consortium partner Ansaldo Nucleare S.p.A, an Ansaldo Energia Group company.
The contract involves engineering services for performing condition assessments of systems, structures and components for the Cernavoda Unit 1 CANDU nuclear reactor in Romania, indicates a release issued by SNC-Lavalin Oct. 28, adding completion of this work will form the basis of the scope of refurbishment for the station.
“We are delighted to continue our long-term strategic partnership with SNC-Lavalin and Ansaldo Nucleare, a partnership that has been supported by the high performance of Cernavoda NPP Units 1 and 2,” said Cosmin Ghita, CEO, SNN, in a statement. “The condition assessment is a key step towards the successful completion of the refurbishment of Unit 1 and we are looking forward to putting back into operation 700 MW for an additional life of 30 years.”
The deal taps SNC-Lavalin’s core capabilities and leverages over 60 years of experience supporting CANDU reactors around the world, adds the release. SNC-Lavalin is the steward and the exclusive licensee of the Canadian CANDU nuclear reactor technology as awarded by the Government of Canada.
Cernavoda Unit 1 is a CANDU 6-type reactor and the first CANDU in Europe. Producing 705.6 MW of electricity, the reactor provides about 10 per cent of Romania’s electricity demands. It was commissioned and began commercial full power operation in December 1996. According to the release, Unit 1 has avoided the release of more than four million tonnes per year of carbon dioxide (CO2) that would have been produced by a fossil fuel plant.