Romania maintains its trust in SMR technologies, their successful implementation in our country being important for energy security and for achieving climate objectives by gradually replacing coal-based power plants with SMR, the representatives of the Ministry of Energy claim.
“Romania maintains its confidence in SMR technologies, which are complementary to large-scale reactor technologies in terms of modularity and flexibility. We strongly believe that the successful implementation in Romania, by the next decade, of SMR technologies is important for energy security and for achieving our climate goals by gradually replacing coal-based plants with SMR. Romania is aligned with other European and international states that want to develop and implement SMR technologies to meet their goals of decarbonization, energy security and independence,” states a press release from the Ministry of Energy.
These clarifications come after the Utah Association of Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS) and NuScale Power Corporation (NuScale) announced that they have mutually agreed to withdraw from the Carbon Free Power Project (CFPP).
According to the representatives of the Ministry of Energy, the SMR project carried out in Romania can position the country as a leader of the states that support SMR. In addition, projects based on SMR technology are aligned with the EU perspective, which recognizes the contribution of SMR to the achievement of decarbonisation and energy security objectives, bringing additional benefits, beyond energy generation, such as maintaining and creating new jobs in the industry.
“Romania has over 27 years of safe operation of one of the most efficient nuclear power plants in the world and a rigorous and experienced nuclear regulatory body – CNCAN (National Commission for the Control of Nuclear Activities in Romania), responsible for compliance with national and European regulations , as well as a strong transatlantic nuclear partnership. In addition, under the Euratom Treaty, the EU has a clear framework for nuclear security. The EU also promotes strong collaboration between Member States to strengthen efforts and initiatives and to ensure the successful and safe implementation of SMRs. In this context, Romania has all the prerequisites to develop projects based on SMR technology,” the press release states.