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Nuclearelectrica shareholders approved to terminate negotiations with Chinese for building reactors 3 and 4 from Cernavoda
de Adrian N Ionescu , 22.6.2020
Nuclearelectrica’s Board of Directors has been mandated to initiate proceedings to terminate negotiations with China General Nuclear Power Group (CGN), as well as legal effects regarding the memorandum of understanding concluded in 2015 for building and operating units 3 and 4 of CNE Cernavoda, writes Agerpres. The initiator was the majority shareholder, namely the Ministry of Economy, Energy and Business Environment.
The decision was taken on Friday, within the Ordinary and Extraordinary General Shareholders Meeting (OGMS) and provides for the abrogation of the Strategy for continuing CNE Cernavoda Units 3 and 4 Project by organizing an investor selection procedure (2014) as well as the revised Strategy for continuing CNE Cernavoda Units 3 and 4 Project by organizing an investor selection procedure (2018), is mentioned in a document published on the Bucharest Stock Exchange’s website.
Also, the OGMS decided to authorize SNN Board of Directors “to initiate the procedures/steps/actions regarding the termination of negotiations with CGN, as well as the termination of legal effects (by agreement between parties, denunciation, etc.) of the following documents: “Memorandum of Understanding for building, operating and decommissioning of CNE Cernavoda Units 3 and 4 (MoU), and respectively the Investor Agreement in the preliminary form”.
Last but not least, it was decided to authorize SNN Board of Directors to initiate the necessary steps for the analysis and crystallization of strategic options regarding the construction of new capacities for producing electricity from nuclear sources.
Investments of RON 2.3 billion in the next five years
According to the document, during the meeting it was approved the SNN Investment Strategy for the period July 1, 2020 – July 1, 2025, developed in accordance with the Order of the Minister of Economy, Energy and Business Environment (MEEMA), strategy containing investment projects to be carried out between July 1, 2020 – July 1, 2025, the modernizations of currently operating assets, as well as the deadlines assumed, the estimated cost for each investment and indicated sources of financing.
“The estimated value of investment projects, related to the period 2020-2025, according to the strategy and stages of implementation is RON 2.29 billion“, the report published on BVB mentions.
Regarding the future actions, respectively the steps to continue Units 3 and 4 Project, in compliance with the obligations related to the listed company status and Articles of Incorporation, SNN will inform and submit to its shareholders’ vote any such initiative, in full transparency of the way of managing responsibilities of SNN statutory bodies.
At the end of last month, the Minister of Economy, Virgil Popescu, indicated that the current collaboration with the Chinese company for building Reactors 3 and 4 from Cernavoda started seven years ago, a time during which no progress was made, so it was not possible to go any further.
The Romanian state resumed in mid-2017negotiations with China General Nuclear Power Corporation on building CANDU 6 reactors 3 and 4 at Cernavoda, with an installed capacity of 700 MW each. The partnership between Nuclearelectrica and the Chinese group began in November 2015 by signing a memorandum worth EUR 6.5 billion for developing reactors 3 and 4 at Cernavoda.
Nuclearelectrica is under the authority of the Ministry of Energy, with the state holding 82.4959% of the shares, Fondul Proprietatea – 9.0903% and other shareholders – 8.4138%, following the company’s listing on the stock exchange.
With its two operating units, SNN covers approximately 20% of the total Romanian production from units with the possibility for dispatching operations.