The Nuclear Fuel Plant is located near the town of Mioveni-Arges at 25 kilometers from Pitesti.
Established in 1992 through the separation of the Nuclear Fuel Elements Section (SPEC) from the structure of IRNE, the factory is authorized by AECL Canada as CANDU 6 type nuclear fuel supplier and currently ensures the fuel necessary for the operation of Units 1 and 2 of Cernavoda NPP (aprox. 11.000 nuclear fuel bundles).
The fuel used by CANDU 6 type reactors is natural uranium.
During its life time inside the reactor – about 1 year – a CANDU 6 type nuclear fuel bundle generates an amount of 1,115 MWh. The same energy amount can be obtained by burning fossil fuels in conventional power plants, as follows:
- 470,000 kg of conventional fuel with caloric power of 7,000 Kcal/kg
- 1,110,000 kg of superior coal with caloric power of 3,200 Kcal/kg
- 363,000 Nm3 of natural gas with caloric power of 8,050 Kcal/Nm3
FCN Pitesti is capable to offer consultancy, technical assistance and a series of equipment to the companies interested in technology transfer and nuclear fuel production.