The visit of Eximbank USA President Kimberly Reed to the Cernavoda nuclear power plant on Tuesday will materialize in project implementation options for reactors 3 and 4, which Nuclearelectrica will submit to its shareholders' approval as soon as possible, Cosmin Ghita, CEO of the energy producer, told a press conference on the plant's platform, according to AGERPRES.
He recalled that at the beginning of October 2020, the Governments of Romania and the United States signed an intergovernmental agreement on the development of cooperation in the nuclear industry. At the same time, a memorandum of understanding was signed with Eximbank USA on the development of reactors 3 and 4 and reactor 1 retrofitting.
"Both projects are essential for the future of energy security. Today's visit is another step in realizing this important collaboration. These are crucial objectives for Romania to achieve the goals of decarbonization and energy security," Ghita said.
He pointed out that retrofitting reactor 1 would allow the unit to operate for another 30 years, at half the cost of building a new reactor.
"Today's discussions will materialize in project implementation options, which Nuclearelectrica will submit to its shareholders for approval as soon as possible," the company' s general manager said.
In her turn, Exim US President Kimberly Reed, present at Cernavoda, said that the institution she represents grants funding to projects according to certain standards and expects the Romanian side to apply for funding.
We assess every application we receive based on its merits. We have certain standards that we look at. We want to encourage projects like this. We are currently in negotiations, we are waiting for the application, which is now being drafted and many of its aspects are trade secrets and we hope to have a fabulous announcement one day that we will secure funding for this project, Reed said.
Reed recalled that Exim US Bank had been closed for four years and was reopened last year.
The Congress and the President of the United States have given us the significant goal to compete with China. And the ambassador explained so well why we should be concerned. We want the world to buy American products and services that are of the highest quality and we do not want countries not to follow the right paths with the risky financing that China can offer. When I talk about China, I mean the People's Republic of China and the Communist Party, not the Chinese people, she said.
Earlier, at the same press conference, US Ambassador in Bucharest Adrian Zuckerman said that Chinese communist companies such as Huawei or ZTE should not be tolerated in a state governed by the rule of law, as their purpose is to spy on and pose a threat to the security of the free world.
It is a historic day for bilateral relations between the United States and Romania. This would not have happened without the involvement of Presidents Donald Trump and Klaus Iohannis and Prime Minister Ludovic Orban, through their visions on cooperation in the civilian nuclear sector, for the security of both nations. I especially want to thank Prime Minister Orban for his courage in breaking the agreement on the Cernavoda project with CGN, a corrupt Chinese communist company known for its corrupt practices around the world, the US diplomat said.
He assured that the United States will continue to respect the rule of law and human rights.
Chinese communist companies do not respect them. The fraudulent practices of Chinese communist companies such as Huawei, Nuctech and ZTE will not be tolerated. They pose risks to the US, Romania, Europe and the whole free world. The Chinese have developed 5G technology as well as the other systems, in order to spy on and obtain information about our countries and about each of us. Only clean technologies can ensure the security of nations and of each of us. Romania must not tolerate the Chinese communist government's persecution of its own people and its minorities. Labor and re-education camps have no place in today's world and we should all say 'No', Zuckerman continued.
He congratulated Ludovic Orban for refusing to collaborate with the Chinese on the implementation of 5G technology, included.
Prime Minister Orban had the courage to say 'No' to Chinese communist 5G infrastructure and other Chinese communist companies that would endanger Romania's security. Prime Minister Orban decided that there is no place in Romania for Chinese communist companies that threaten national security, the ambassador added.
According to him, the visit to Romania of Eximbank US President Kimberly Reed emphasizes the commitment of the United States to continue the Cernavoda project.
With the 7 billion US dollar financial support for the construction of reactors 3 and 4 and the retrofitting of reactor 1, Romania's path to clean energy has been paved, contributing to increasing Romania's energy security and the country's prosperity. Exim funding will ensure Romania's energy security for the next decades, he maintained.
Asked if the transfer of power in the US and Romania could lead to delays in the nuclear project, he replied that it would not.
I don't think the transfer of power is a risk in that regard. It's peaceful in America. The mere fact that there are legal questions about what happened with the votes doesn't mean it's not peaceful. The same here, our impression is that it's going to be a peaceful power transfer and there will be a coalition that represents what the people of Romania wanted to do. The only sad thing is that only 30-32% of the people went out to vote, which is the lowest turnout in the last 30 years. From what I understand, there will be a coalition that will continue to govern the country in peacetime and no transfer of power will change the progress made in this area, said Adrian Zuckerman.