General manager of ELCEN Claudiu Creţu signed an agreement in Washington to carry out the feasibility study on the exploitation of geothermal energy for heating in Bucharest, with the support of the US-DOE, announced the Minister of Energy, Sebastian Burduja, on his Facebook page.
The minister continued the meetings with American officials, with whom he discussed the project of units 3 and 4 at Cernavodă, the project of small modular reactors, offshore wind energy, the restart of heavy water production and geothermal energy.
“In the Capital of America, Romania is respected, and energy is on everyone’s lips. Joint projects mean prosperity, jobs and secure and competitive energy. My counterpart, Jennifer Granholm, the Secretary of Energy of the United States of America, sent me a clear message: America relies on Romania as a pillar of stability and development for the entire region. Secretary Granholm has accepted our invitation and will be in Bucharest in July, together with energy ministers across the region, for a high-level event. Romania is a leader in the energy sector and must behave as such,” the minister wrote on the social network, according to Agerpres.
According to him, US support is materialized by accelerating the Romanian civil nuclear program. In the project of units 3 and 4 at Cernavodă, two prestigious American companies, Fluor and Sargent & Lundy, are at the forefront, and at Doiceşti the project of small modular reactors continues, relying on the total involvement of the Department of Energy (DOE).
“We also met with the management of the three companies, and the conclusion is only one: we accelerate together. Romania’s success will also be America’s success, and Nuclearelectrica will play the role of leader for the development of similar projects throughout Central and Eastern Europe,” stated Sebastian Burduja.
Other topics on the bilateral agenda included offshore wind power, restarting heavy water production and geothermal energy. Specifically, the general director of ELCEN, Claudiu Creţu, signed an agreement to carry out the feasibility study on the exploitation of geothermal energy for heating Bucharest, with the support of the DOE.
“An older dream of ours is being fulfilled through these efforts: cleaner air and lower maintenance bills for the citizens of Bucharest – facts, not words,” pointed out the Minister of Energy.