Romania’s 2nd NPP to be built nearby Somes River, say government sources

Romania’s second nuclear plant will be built nearby the Somes River, in Transylvania region, as authorities are currently evaluating four locations, the Romanian Mediafax reports, quoting unnamed government sources.

The intention to build a second nuclear plant was first announced in 1983-1984 by the former communist regime.

In 2007, former Prime Minister Calin Popescu-Tariceanu announced the project would be resumed and, last year, authorities evaluated over 100 locations, mainly in Transylvania. Economy minister Adriean Videanu said in May that the country’s second NPP would be located in the central part of the country.

Romania’s sole nuclear power plant at Cernavoda has two 700-megawatt reactors, which provide around 18% of the country’s power needs. The authorities plan to build another two reactors at Cernavoda, which are scheduled to become operational by 2015-2016.

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