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Canada-Romania Partnership in Nuclear Technologies (March 2-3, 2021)

March 2 @ 14:00 - March 3 @ 18:30

On March 2-3, the Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries (OCNI), ROMATOM, Energynomics, Nuclearelectrica and the Embassy of Canada to Romania have the pleasure of inviting you to the “Canada-Romania Partnership in Nuclear Technologies” online event. The “Canada-Romania Partnership in Nuclear Technologies” event is aimed at showcasing the long-standing partnership between the Canada and Romania in the nuclear domain and at discussing the upcoming Romanian investment projects. The event consists in a series of seven discussion panels, from 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM Bucharest time and from 7:00 AM to 12:00 PM Ottawa time.

“Canada-Romania Partnership in Nuclear Technologies” online conference means over 20 speakers – senior officials from the Government and regulatory bodies, top managers from large companies, savvy representatives of professional associations, Romanian and Canadian experts having the opportunity to speak their minds in front of their peers.

  

Access to the conference is open to all professionals in the Romanian and Canadian nuclear energy industry and related sectors. You can register HERE! You will have the opportunity to send questions to the invited speakers and to get in touch with the other participants registered on the event page in the MyConnector platform!

On March 2-3, the most influential decision makers in the Romanian nuclear industry will meet with their Canadian counterparts for the largest professional debate dedicated to the nuclear sector, with plenary sessions, and Keynote presentations.

SPEAKERS

AGENDA (Ottawa Time, EST, GMT-5)

Tuesday, March 2 – ONLINE

06:45 – 07:00 REGISTRATION & TESTS

07:00 – 07:05 Introductory film on Cernavoda NPP

07:05 – 08:05 Introductory session

  • Hon. Mary Ng, P.C., M.P.- Canada’s Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade
  • Dan Drăgan, State Secretary in the Romanian Ministry of Energy
  • H.E. Annick Goulet, Ambassador of Canada to Romania, Bulgaria and Republic of Moldova
  • Cosmin Ghiță, CEO SN Nuclearelectrica SA
  • Carl Marcotte, Senior Vice-President, Marketing and Business Development, SNC-Lavalin
  • Lucian Rusu, President ROMATOM
  • Ron Oberth, President OCNI
  • Stephanie Smith, President CANDU Owners Group

Gabriel Avăcăriței, Energynomics – moderator

08:05 – 08:15 KEYNOTE ADDRESS – Prof. Ion Purica ROMATOM

08:15 – 08:30 NETWORKING BREAK for the participants registered to the event page in in the MyConnector platform

08:30 – 08:50 Cernavodă Units 3&4 Units presentation

Following the termination of the previous round of negotiations, Romania and US have initialized the Intergovernmental Agreement for cooperation to develop the civil nuclear sector in Romania in October 2020, including Cernavoda NPP Unit 3 and 4 Project. Based on official governmental statements, the Project is to be developed under a Euro-Atlantic consortium, including US, Canada and France support. This important project will double Romania’s nuclear capacity in order to meet increasing power demand, enhance security of supply and reach climate change targets. The Project is contemplated by the all scenarios of “Romania’s Energy Strategy until 2030, with the perspective of 2050”, as well as in the “National Integrated Plan in the field of Energy and Climate Change (PNIESC) 2021-2030”. Unit 3 has to be operational by 2030, and Unit 4 soon after 2030.

  • Alexandru Havriș / Alexandru Mărciulescu, SNN

08:50 – 09:10 Cernavodă Unit 1 Refurbishment presentation

Cernavoda NPP Unit 1 refurbishment process is a complex one, involving a wide supply chain, dedicated oversight team and a strict project timeline. The refurbishment outage is scheduled between December 2026 and December 2028 and at an estimated cost of 1.2-1.5 billion Euros based on international benchmarking. Unit 1 refurbishment project will result in an additional 30 years of safe, reliable, clean and efficient operation of Unit 1.

The Cernavoda Tritium Removal Plant (CTRF) will have a significant impact on reducing environmental radioactive emissions as well as the radioactive doses for workers.

  • Sorin Ghelbereu, CTRF and Refurbishment Director, SNN

09:10 – 09:30 Darlington Refurbishment Project presentation

The Darlington Nuclear Generating Station has been a reliable source of power for Ontario for more than 30 years and the refurbishment program scheduled for the next 10 years will provide another 30 years of low-cost, reliable and clean energy. In 2016, after years of detailed planning and preparation, Ontario Power Generation’s (OPG) team of project partners, industry experts, energy professionals, and skilled tradespeople successfully shut down the first of four Darlington reactors scheduled for refurbishment. In June 2020, following more than three years in the execution phase, OPG successfully reconnected Unit 2 to Ontario’s grid at 100% full power. Unit 2 Refurbishment fast facts: 24 million hours worked since 2016; 765,000 hours spent on training in the Mock-up and Training Facility; 18 of 18 safety and infrastructure projects complete; 100,000 work order tasks processed.

  • Gary Rose, Deputy Vice President OPG

09:30 – 09:45 NETWORKING BREAK for the participants registered to the event page in in the MyConnector platform

09.45 – 10:35 Nuclear safety regulatory issues session

Ensuring safe nuclear plant operation is key objective of nuclear power plant designers, operators and nuclear regulators in Canada and Romania. Romania’s CNCAN and Canada’s CNSC are long-term collaborators in the field. Also, meeting the European Union’s nuclear safety requirements is a challenge that the nuclear industry in the countries under its control. The Panel will discuss how this collaboration supports nuclear plant safety.

  • Ramzi Jammal, CNSC
  • Patrick Reid, SNC-Lavalin
  • Mădălina Coca, Head of the Nuclear Reactors Regulation and Oversight Section, CNCAN
  • Adrian Rizea, CITON

Adrian Jelev, SN Nuclearelectrica – moderator

10:35 – 10:50 NETWORKING BREAK for the participants registered to the event page in in the MyConnector platform

10:50 – 11:50 Canada – Romania Universities Cooperation session

Ensuring well-trained human resources is key for the advancement of the nuclear sector. Canadian and Romanian universities in the nuclear domain are enjoying long established connections and are always keen to discuss further areas of collaboration in developing and expanding various applications of nuclear technology both in Romania and in Canada.

  • Prof. Dumitru Chirleșan – University of Pitești
  • Prof. Willy Cook – University of New Brunswick
  • Prof. Cristian Dincă, Polytechnical University of Bucharest
  • Prof. David Novog – McMaster University
  • Prof. Akira Tokuhiro – Ontario Tech
  • Prof. Eden Mamut, PhD, Eng, Ovidius University Constanța
  • Prof. Nicolae Mărginean, ELI-NP

Elena Popescu, Ministry of Energy, România – Co-moderator

Jerry Hopwood, University Network of Excellence in Nuclear Engineering – Co-moderator

Wednesday, March 3 – ONLINE

06:45 – 07:00 REGISTRATION & TESTS

07:00 – 07:15 Introductory session

  • Shawn Tupper, Associate Deputy Minister of Natural Resources Canada
  • Cătălin Ducu, General Director, RATEN
  • Fred Dermarkar, President and CEO AECL

07:15 – 08:10 Radioactive waste management and disposal session

Dealing with radioactive waste is one of the most important aspects in both Romanian and Canadian nuclear plant operations and in maintaining public support. Through collaboration, Romanian and Canadian nuclear waste agencies and research organizations can identify the best solutions. Here, as well as at the nuclear safety session, observing the EU legal framework represents an important challenge.

  • Derek Wilson, NWMO
  • Jason van Wart, Vice President, Nuclear Waste Management and Commercial Services, Ontario Power Generation
  • Veronica Andrei, SN Nuclearelectrica SA
  • Cornelia Paraschiv, Nuclear and Radioactive Waste Agency
  • Ramona Popescu, Nuclear and Radioactive Waste Agency

Gabriela Teodorov, Matefin – moderator

08:10 – 08:25 NETWORKING BREAK for the participants registered to the event page in in the MyConnector platform

08:25 – 09:20 Small Modular Reactors session

New, more easily deployable nuclear technologies are making their way into the industry, making nuclear power accessible to remote communities. Coupled with Gen IV innovations, SMRs are regarded by many countries as a key part of nuclear development. Romania has a long-term vision in the nuclear field, aiming to achieve competitive SMRs in the perspective of the late ‘20s, ’30s and’ 40s, and Canada is progressing vigorously in this way.

  • Paul Thompson, New Brunswick Power
  • Gina Strati, Canadian Nuclear Laboratories
  • Dan Șerbănescu, SN Nuclearelectrica SA
  • Ilie Turcu, ALFRED Demonstrator

Dr. Stephen Bushby, Senior Director of Science and Technology, AECL – moderator

09:20 – 09:35 NETWORKING BREAK for the participants registered to the event page in in the MyConnector platform

09.35 – 10:30 Innovative applications of nuclear technologies session

Applications of nuclear technologies go beyond nuclear power and include advances in cancer treatment, sterilization, food preservation. Research and development in this field is identifying new beneficial uses of nuclear technology. The experience of the CANDU industry is relevant in this area, and Romania is a fertile ground for these applications. On the other hand, Romania’s progress in the field of Extreme Light Infrastructure can create bridges to Canada.

  • Richard Wiens, Nordion
  • Travis Basanger, Kinectrics
  • Alin Tatu, SN Nuclearelectrica SA
  • Dana Niculae, IFIN-HH

James Scongack, Canadian Nuclear Isotope Council – moderator

10:30 – 10:45 NETWORKING BREAK for the participants registered to the event page in in the MyConnector platform

10.45 – 11:40 Canada-Romania supply chain collaboration session

Canadian and Romanian companies with expertise in the nuclear field have a 50-year long history of collaboration on the Cernavodă CANDU plant, as well as on research and development. This collaboration can be extended to joint projects in Romania, Canada and third county markets.

  • Ron Oberth, OCNI
  • Corina Truică, Automatica
  • Massimiliano Tacconelli, Walter Tosto
  • Jun Tang, Vice President, Marketing & Sales, BWXT
  • Andrei Goicea, FORATOM

Teodor Chirica, Honorary President SN Nuclearelectrica – moderator 

11.40 – 11:45 Closing Remarks

  • Shawn Tupper, Associate Deputy Minister of Natural Resources Canada

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The conference will be broadcast LIVE ONLINE in the MyConnector platform in two simultaneous feeds – Romanian and English, based on the interpreting services provided by AB Translations.

Audience

Over 200 experts and decision-makers in Romania and Canada, both from the Government and public authorities, and also representing professional bodies and private organizations in the two countries will attend the conference. The Organisation of Canadian Nuclear Industries (OCNI) and the Romanian Atomic Forum (ROMATOM) will address invitations to their full database of membership, plus extend invitation to non-nuclear companies operating in related fields, such as, but no restricted to hydrogen, medical isotopes.

Access to the conference is open to all professionals in the Romanian and Canadian nuclear energy industry and related sectors. You can register HERE! You will have the opportunity to send questions to the invited speakers and to get in touch with the other participants registered on the event page in the MyConnector platform!

Also, Energynomics will invite to participate members of their professional community, while the Embassy of Canada in Romania will also offer the opportunity of participation in the audience for their energy contacts.

GDPR

By registering as a participant in this event, you agree to release the information about you to the conference organizers (Energynomics, Embassy of Canada to Romania, SN Nuclearelectrica SA, Romanian Atomic Forum – ROMATOM and the Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries), which will use them to communicate with you about this event and other associated services:

  • Organizing future events in the nuclear field;
  • Organizing meetings with potential partners in the nuclear field.