On April 29, 2010 took place the ceremony for the reauthorization of Cernavoda NPP Units 1 and 2 for operation and maintenance in the following 3 years.
The certificates for operation and maintenance as well as the certification for the quality management systems are issued by the National Regulatory Body (CNCAN), in accordance with the authorization strategy established during the meeting between Cernavoda NPP and CNCAN on January 14th 2010.
The authorizations were handed to the management of SNN SA by the President of CNCAN, Mrs. Vajda Borbala.
The ceremony took place in the presence of the State Secretary from the Ministry of Economy, Commerce and Business Environment, Mr. Tudor Serban with the participation of the representatives of SN Nuclearelectrica SA, CNCAN and the Nuclear Radioactive Waste Agency.
The authorization are issued on the basis of a nuclear safety documentation prepared for each unit. The documentations included the analysis of the project modifications completed during the previous authorization, the status of accomplishment of the station programs, significant events during operation etc.
The high level of fulfillment of the nuclear safety requirements demonstrate the performance of the Cernavoda NPP and the compliance with the national and international standards regarding the protection of the operating personnel, of the population and of the environment.
Cernavoda NPP Unit 1 began commercial operation on December 2nd 1996 and recorded outstanding performances regarding the nuclear safety requirements and operation, reaching an average capacity factor of 90%. Unit 2 which has started operation in October 2007 recorded each year an average capacity factor of over 90%. In 2009, the remarkable results of Unit 1 placed it on the first position in the top of CANDU reactors worldwide, with an average capacity factor of 100.1%, according to the statistical data published by McGraw Hill Companies and published in Platts Nucleonics, in February