by Staff Writers
Bucharest (AFP) May 13, 2012
New Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta said Sunday that he backed building two more nuclear reactors to ensure the nation's energy independence, though four of six investors have pulled out.
"My view is that we should try to continue this project, while respecting all safety standards of course, especially after the Fukushima catastrophe," Ponta told the private Romanian television Pro TV.
"Romania's energy independence is crucial," he added to explain his support for a project estimated to cost four billion euros ($5.2 billion).
Two reactors currently operate at the Cernavoda plant in southeastern Romania, but plans to build two more have been blocked by the 2011 withdrawal of four investors.
They are the Czech group CEZ, GDF Suez of France, the German RWE and Spanish company Iberdrola.
Germany shut down its own nuclear plants following the March 2011 disaster in Fukushima, Japan and all Japanese plants are also now offline.
That could pose a potential problem as Japan heads into the summer months when electricity consumption surges higher.
Brazil said last week that it had shelved plans to build new nuclear plants, but Lithuania, an eastern European country like Romania, plans to push ahead with a project to build a reactor with the Japanese group Hitachi by 2020.
Romania's two nuclear plants use Candu-type Canadian technology and produce about 18 percent of the country's electricity needs.
The country's new centre-left government plans to seek a moratorium on shale gas drilling however, putting on hold plans by US oil giant Chevron to tap reserves in eastern and southern Romania.
Nuclear Power News - Nuclear Science, Nuclear Technology
Powering The World in the 21st Century at Energy-Daily.com
Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.
Firms fear summer meltdown in nuclear-free Japan
Tokyo (AFP) May 13, 2012
Japan's hard-hit manufacturers are facing a long summer with businesses making everything from ice cream to crayons fretting production may be hampered as the now nuclear-free nation faces energy cuts. A hot summer would usually be good news for Ezaki Glico, a major snacks and ice cream maker, with soaring temperatures increasing appetites for cooling foods. But looming power shortages could ... read more
|The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2012 - Space Media Network. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement|