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Nuclearelectrica begins works for first tritium removal facility in Europe

Romania’s electricity, heat and nuclear fuel company Nuclearelectrica and Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power (KHNP) announced the start of works on the first tritium removal facility in Europe, located at the Cernavoda Nuclear Power Plant.

The tritium removal facility will remove tritium from the plant, leading to increased environmental protection, fully in line with Nuclearelectrica’s and Europe’s ESG objectives. Using an innovative Romanian technology, developed by the National Research and Development Institute for Cryogenic and Isotope Technologies – ICSI Rm. Vâlcea, the Cernavoda Detritiation Facility (CTRF) will be the third largest in the world and the first in Europe and will offer Romania the opportunity to become a European centre for the production and export of tritium – the candidate fuel for future fusion reactors. Romania also has the opportunity to develop its supply chain and become a centre for the development and export of Romanian technology and know-how, using local plants and workforce.

“We are pleased to implement an innovative Romanian technology together with KHNP, a leading nuclear expert, to achieve a safe and reliable project,” said Cosmin Ghiță, CEO of Nuclearelectrica. “The tritium removal facility demonstrates Nuclearelectrica’s commitment to safe operations and environmental protection. This project underlines Romania’s leading role in the nuclear industry and contributes to national energy security.”

“The groundbreaking ceremony of the CTRF is a very important milestone which signifies the execution of the project in earnest,” added said Jooho Whang, CEO of Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power (KHNP). “KHNP, in collaboration with Nuclearelectrica, will successfully complete the CTRF. The facility will enhance environmental protection, while contributing to safe operation of the Cernavoda NPP and economic growth of the country as well. Going forward, I expect the nuclear industries between Romania and South Korea will have closer and stronger collaboration.”

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