Laurentis Energy Partners wins Owner’s Engineer contract in Romanian CANDU refurbishment
Team of refurbishment experts to support planning for renewal of Cernavoda Unit 1
Bucharest, Romania – Laurentis Energy Partners is pleased to announce a contract award to its subsidiary, Canadian Nuclear Partners (CNP), as Owner’s Engineer to support refurbishment at Romania’s CANDU nuclear generating station in Cernavoda.
The contract from Romanian utility Societatea Nationala Nuclearelectrica (SNN) calls on Laurentis engineers and experts to provide technical assistance, representing the utilities’ interests in planning the refurbishment of Cernavoda Unit 1.
“Laurentis and CNP are pleased to support this important project, sharing our deep expertise in CANDU technology.”
Laurentis is a subsidiary of Ontario Power Generation (OPG), which owns and operates CANDU nuclear generating stations at Darlington and Pickering in Ontario.
“SNN greatly values its relationship with Laurentis, a key partner in our mission to deliver clean, safe, reliable and affordable electricity for Romania.”
This is Laurentis’s second contract with SNN for its upcoming refurbishment, scheduled to begin in 2026-27 pending regulatory approval. Earlier this year, Laurentis and CNP announced their first contract, to develop a conservation program that will protect the integrity of SNN’s Unit 1 reactor water systems during the refurbishment.
As Owner’s Engineer, Laurentis is providing a team of experts and technical skills in refurbishment to support SNN’s activities in several areas, including: plant-condition assessment; planning refurbishment work; planning infrastructure to support the project; cost estimates and analyses; project modifications to ensure nuclear security, operability, and maintainability of the unit; and reactor performance.
The role of Owner’s Engineer is separate and distinct from the role of an Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contractor, which a utility would hire to remove and replace reactor components.
About Laurentis Energy Partners:
Laurentis Energy Partners, a subsidiary of Ontario Power Generation, provides solutions for customers across the energy spectrum: from nuclear, hydro and solar generation, to the advancement of new technologies such as small modular reactors, and production of medical isotopes.
In Romania, Laurentis operates as Canadian Nuclear Partners SA (CNP), a subsidiary incorporated in Romania in 2019 and part of the country’s regulated nuclear industry. Laurentis opened its office in Bucharest in 2020.
About Ontario Power Generation:
As a global climate-change leader and the largest, most diverse electricity generator in the province of Ontario, OPG is helping to lead Canada’s charge to a post-carbon economy. OPG’s ongoing and successful refurbishment of four CANDU reactors at the Darlington Nuclear Generating Station is a 10-year, $13 billion project that will provide 30 more years of clean energy.
Societatea Nationala Nuclearelectrica (SNN) is a state-owned power utility, reporting to Romania’s Ministry of Energy. It operates Cernavoda Nuclear Power Plant, a two-unit CANDU 6 station at Cernavoda generating about 18 per cent of Romania’s electricity production. Cernavoda Unit 1 came into service in 1996, while Cernavoda Unit 2 came online in 2007.