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Societatea Nationala Nuclearelectrica and GE partnering to help ensure reliable power for 20% of Romania through $120 million USD nuclear plant service agreement

June 27, 2019
  • SNN’s Cernavoda site is the only nuclear power plant in Romania, and delivers 1,400MW of CO2-free power
  • Through an eight-year agreement, GE Steam Power will provide full maintenance and services on Cernavoda’s two steam turbines and generators
  • In each year of operation, Cernavoda helps Romania reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 10 million tons

(BADEN, SWITZERLAND) June 27, 2019— Societatea Nationala Nuclearelectrica (SNN) has selected GE Steam Power to continue providing full maintenance services on two of its turbine islands at the Cernavoda nuclear power plant. The $120 million Multi-Year Agreement will play a key role in enabling SNN to continue providing CO2-free power to Romania over the next eight years. Cernavoda is the only nuclear facility in Romania, and generates 1,400MW of power that supports 20% of the country’s energy demand.

“NUCLEARELECTRICA is committed to delivering power to the residents of Romania in ways that are clean, safe and reliable,” said Cosmin Ghita, CEO of SNN. “GE is a key partner for us because they share in this commitment through the work and support they provide our team each and every day.”

The agreement will cover maintenance and services on the plant’s two steam turbines and generators to help ensure reliable operation of the facility through 2027. Work on the turbine islands begins later this year, when GE will perform a planned maintenance outage on Cernavoda’s unit 2 turbine generator after 12 years of service. GE is supporting SNN in reducing Romania’s greenhouse emissions by up to 80 million tons over the life of the agreement.  

Cernavoda has been supported by GE’s local team for 33 years, which includes being provided with all maintenance services since 2004.

 “This agreement is an important milestone for our team as we continue collaborating with power producers like SNN to help deliver clean, reliable power to countries across Europe including Romania,” said Martin Boller, Europe Region General Manager for GE Steam Power. “We’ve enjoyed working closely with the Cernavoda team since 1986, as part of the more than 120 Multi-Year Agreements we have in place for nuclear facilities worldwide.”

With 50% of the world’s nuclear fleet equipped with a GE steam turbine, Cernavoda will benefit from the OEM’s global expertise and regional presence to maintain high-performing and safe operation. In Europe, GE performs around 100 nuclear outages per year.


About GE Steam Power:

GE Steam Power is an industry leader in cleaner power generation, supporting customers with everything from full turnkey plants and upgrades to core operations and maintenance of their coal and nuclear power plants. As today’s #1 steam franchise, with 50% of the world's steam turbines for nuclear power plants, GE Steam Power continues to build its worldwide fleet with the Arabelle steam turbine, the most powerful in operation, installed or under installation in 44 units.

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