NucInfo Day 2012 in Romania
on 12 November 2012 (Photo: Silviu Matei, Mediafax)
Mr Alexander Bychkov, IAEA Deputy Director General for Nuclear Energy, visited Cernavoda and Bucharest in Romania on 11-13 November 2012. He followed an invitation by the President of the National Nuclear Agency & Radioactive Waste, Mr Florin Constantin Tatar, to participate in a ‘stakeholder involvement’ event for the general public and the media, the NucInfo Day 2012 in Cernavoda.
Cernavoda is also the site of Romania’s only nuclear power plant, producing around 20% of the country’s electricity.
The NucInfo Day 2012 symposium, organized by the Romanian Nuclear Agency, focused on “Peaceful Use of Nuclear Technologies – a chance for everyone’s future in Romania”. Speaking to a large audience of nuclear experts, interested participants from the general public and journalists, Mr Bychkov gave a presentation on the IAEA’s activities in nuclear energy and projections for nuclear power.
He also participated in a press conference, in which many questions related to the future repository for radioactive waste, to be located near the Cernovoda plant, were raised. “I was impressed by the detailed responses by the Romanian specialists who explained complex technical matters in a way that was easily understandable to a non-technical audience. This resulted in a good understanding of the national nuclear programme”, said Mr Bychkov.
Mr Bychkov then visited the Cernavoda Nuclear Power Plant, which uses CANDU reactor technology from Canada. Two units have been in operation since the late 1990s, and the construction of two further units is in the planning stage. “Romania has natural Uranium and Zirconium resources and it is a good example of a country with a small, internal fuel cycle”, said Mr Bychkov.
Cooperation between Romania and the IAEA was addressed during discussions with representatives of nuclear institutions in Romania. For example, in August 2012, Romania joined the International Project on Innovative Nuclear Reactors and Fuel Cycles (INPRO) as the Project’s 38th Member and had been an active observer until then, participating in INPRO Dialogue Forums and the INPRO Collaborative Project SYNERGIES.
Mr Bychkov’s visits to Romania concluded with an official meeting at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and the Business Environment in Bucharest, held on 13 November 2012.