BUCHAREST, May 30 (Xinhua) -- Romanian nuclear industry on Monday hailed the project of reactors 3 and 4 at the Cernavoda nuclear plant, stressed that this project will bring some 16,000 news jobs.
The project would result in raising the share of nuclear energy to 30-32 percent in the national energy mix, which would be beneficial for Romania, the Romanian Atomic Forum (ROMATOM) said in a release.
It added that the nuclear energy is part of the solution to meet the increasing demand for electricity, considering the cut of greenhouse gas emissions, since this ensures 27 percent of the electricity of Europe and 53 percent of the carbon-free electricity.
The two new nuclear units will contribute to the strengthening of the energy security, ensuring access to competitive energy and creating the premises for new jobs, the release added.
Romanian President Klaus Iohannis announced Friday that the Cernavoda project is a priority investment for the country.
The nuclear project is a large-scale cooperation project between China and Romania.
In November last year, Romania's Nuclearelectrica, the state-owned company administrating nuclear energy, and China General Nuclear Power Corporation signed a memorandum of understanding regarding the development, construction and decommissioning of units 3 and 4 of the Cernavoda nuclear plant.
A support letter in relation to the Cernavoda project was signed at the beginning of this year by the Romanian government, which outlines major areas of support and commitment associated with the project.
Cernavoda is home to two operating Candu reactors, units 1 and 2, and produces around 18 percent of the country's electricity. The doubling of the production capacity of the plant through the construction of two new units represents a major competitive advantage in the medium and long term, according to local analysts.
ROMATOM, the association of Romanian nuclear industry, currently has over 30 members, with the aim to promote the use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes in Romania and support national nuclear program.