A senior delegation from Romania just returned from the United States following a ten-day tour of key U.S. nuclear energy organizations and facilities, with highly favorable reports of the potential for Romanian-U.S. cooperation on nuclear energy in our country.
The delegation was headed by Mr. Alexandru Sandulescu, General Director of the Ministry of Economy Trade and Business Environment. He was accompanied by senior representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Nuclear Agency and Radioactive Waste organization, Nuclearelectrica, the National Commission for Nuclear Activities Control and the Center of Technology and Engineering for Nuclear Projects.
The delegation was accompanied by a representative of the U.S. Commercial Service from the American Embassy in Bucharest, and was sponsored by the U.S. Trade and Development Agency. Energetics Incorporated organized the delegates' agenda and covered the visit's logistics.
The delegation met in Washington D.C. with senior representatives of key governmental organizations, including the U.S. Department of Energy, the International Trade Administration of the Department of Commerce, the independent nuclear safety and security regulator –the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and the National Nuclear Security Administration within the Department of Energy. The delegation also met with industry organizations representing all nuclear operating companies in the United States: the Nuclear Energy Institute and the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations in Atlanta Georgia, along with the Atlanta Center of the World Association of Nuclear Operators, of which Romania is a member.
At the center of the visit to the U.S. was an opportunity to meet directly with U.S. companies directly engaged in nuclear energy. The delegation met with two U.S. manufacturers of nuclear reactor technology at their respective world headquarters: Westinghouse in Cranberry Pennsylvania and General Electric in Wilmington North Carolina. While in Washington, D.C., the delegation made presentations to a large gathering of other U.S. commercial companies on all aspects of the current and future nuclear programs and plans in Romania, including the completion of Cernavoda Units 3 and 4, and the planning and construction of follow-on new reactors in Romania’s future. This briefing was followed by one-on-one meetings with about a dozen U.S. companies with an interest in supporting the completion of CANDU units at Cernavoda and/or a new reactor project.
A final highlight of the visit was a visit to the Vogtle nuclear plant operated by Southern Nuclear. The delegation toured operating reactor units 1 and 2, as well as early progress on construction of Units 3 and 4 – Westinghouse AP1000 reactors scheduled for commercial operation in 2016 and 2017.
The Romanian delegation's presentations: