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Romania to increase nuclear capacity at Cernavoda plant

EBR Staff Writer Published 21 April 2011

Romania has unveiled plans to install two reactors at its Cernavoda plant by 2020.

Operated by atomic-power company Nuclearelectrica, the plant will see the addition of 4,600MW of nuclear capacity by 2035 to its existing output of 1,400MW.

The capacity increase is in line with the nation's strategy to expand its nuclear power generation within the next 24 years, according to the Romanian economic ministry.

The facility is expected to be complete by 2030 and the government is currently seeking investment of $5.8bn for the two nuclear reactors.

Romania will have to invest EUR40bn ($58.3m) to install new energy capacity of 14,800MW in the next two decades, as it plans to close its outdated power plants.

The power plants currently produce half of the country's total electricity output, according to Bloomberg.