IAEA completes operational safety review at Cernavoda

09 March 2020

An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) team of experts completed a review of long term operational safety at the Cernavoda Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) in Romania. 

The Pre-SALTO (Safety Aspects of Long Term Operation) review mission was requested by the plant’s operator, Societatea Nationala Nuclearelectrica SA.

Cernavoda NPP is the only nuclear power plant in Romania and consists of two 650-MWe pressurized heavy-water reactors. The 11-member SALTO team focused on aspects essential to the safe Long Term Operation (LTO) of Unit 1, which Nuclearelectrica plans to extend for a total operational lifetime of approximately 60 years.

During the mission, the SALTO team reviewed preparedness, organization, and programmes related to LTO. SALTO reviews are based on IAEA safety standards.

The review team found the staff at the plant to be professional, open and receptive to suggestions for improvement.

The team provided a draft report to the plant management and to the National Commission for Nuclear Activities Control (CNCAN), the country’s nuclear regulatory authority, at the end of the mission. A final report will be submitted to the plant management, CNCAN and the Romanian Government within three months.