Second CANDU Unit in European Union Officially In Service



    CANDU Project had more than $500 million in Canadian Content

    CERNAVODA, Romania, Oct. 5 /CNW/ - The European Union's second CANDU
nuclear power plant has achieved continuous full power and has been placed in
service.
    Cernavoda Unit 2 CANDU nuclear power station was officially commissioned
on Friday, October 5, 2007 during ceremonies attended by Romanian Prime
Minister Calin Popescu-Tariceanu and senior officials from Atomic Energy of
Canada Limited (AECL).
    "Today marks a significant achievement for both Canada and Romania," said
AECL Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer Ken Petrunik. "With
Cernavoda's Unit 2 CANDU nuclear power plant achieving in-service operation,
it joins Unit 1 to make the CNE-Cernavoda Station the largest power producer
in the country. The AECL designed CANDU station has matured to be a
world-class operation."
    A consortium of AECL and Ansaldo Nuclear of Italy, along with the
Societatea Nationala Nuclearelectrica (SNN) SA, Romania's nuclear public
utility, were contracted in 2003 to manage the construction of the partially
completed Unit 2 power plant and to commission it into service.
    Mr. Petrunik noted that the Cernavoda Unit 2 project included about
$500 million in Canadian content for sophisticated equipment and components,
as well as professional engineering, project management and other technical
services. The project created about 5,500 person years of direct employment in
Canada, mainly in high-end manufacturing in Ontario.
    Cernavoda Unit 2 is the second in a series of 700-megawatt CANDU 6 power
plants to be completed and is located approximately 165 kilometres east of
Bucharest. Cernavoda Unit 1 CANDU nuclear power plant began operating at full
power in 1996 and has had record capacity factors of 90 per cent since 2005.
Unit 1 recently completed over 300 days without an interruption in service.
    Mr. Petrunik added, "The successful completion of the Unit 2 project can
be attributed to the excellent performance of the AECL-led project management
team and a strong partnership with our customer SNN. It also demonstrates the
readiness of the CANDU supply chain for on time delivery of the materials and
services. Canada and AECL have had a key role in this recent nuclear
achievement and it is a source of pride for the Canadian nuclear industry."
    Martyn Wash, President of the Organization of CANDU Industries (OCI)
stated, "We congratulate SNN on the successful completion of Cernavoda Unit 2.
Our Ontario-based members are pleased to have been involved as it created
hundreds of millions of dollars of work for Canadian industry."
    Nuclear power now accounts for about 20 per cent of Romania's energy
supply and significantly reduces its dependency on expensive energy resources
from outside of Europe. Canada's CANDU technology has contributed to Romania's
healthy nuclear industry, and has proven to be an important economic asset for
the country. CANDU technology also enhances energy self-sufficiency as both
nuclear fuel and heavy water are produced by Romania.
    "By using nuclear power, Romania is able to reduce its greenhouse gas
emissions by 10 million tonnes each year. AECL is pleased to be part of the
success of Cernavoda with its strong performance and we look forward to the
continuation and enhancement of this success story," added Mr. Petrunik.
    Romania is currently preparing for the completion of Units 3 and 4 in the
series of CANDU power plants, thus allowing AECL's partnership in Romania to
continue in the coming years. In addition, AECL's Advanced CANDU Reactor(R)
(ACR-1000(R)) has been selected as the technology of choice for several
Canadian markets, including Alberta, where a site application has been filed
for two twin-units, and New Brunswick, where a feasibility study is underway.
Internationally, the ACR-1000 has been selected by the United Kingdom as one
of four technologies to be reviewed in its Generic Design Assessment process
for new nuclear.

    About AECL

    AECL is a full-service nuclear technology company providing services to
nuclear utilities around the world. Established in 1952, AECL is the designer
and builder of CANDU technology including the Advanced CANDU Reactor(R)
(ACR-1000(R)) and the CANDU 6, one of the world's top-performing reactors.
AECL's 4,800 employees provide research and development, support, design and
engineering, construction management, specialized technology, life extension,
waste management and decommissioning in support of CANDU reactor products.
More information on AECL and CANDU technology can be found at www.aecl.ca.





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