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Canada-Romania Digital Trade Mission

Canada Romania Digital Trade Mission

Mission Background

On March 2 and 3, 2021, the Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries (OCNI), ROMATOM, Energynomics, Nuclearelectrica and the Embassy of Canada to Romania have the pleasure of inviting you to the “Canada-Romania Partnership in Nuclear Technologies” online event. The “Canada-Romania Partnership in Nuclear Technologies” event is aimed at showcasing the long-standing partnership between the Canada and Romania in the nuclear domain and at discussing the upcoming Romanian investment projects. The event consists in a series of seven discussion panels, from 2:00 pm to 6:30 pm Bucharest time and from 7:00 am to 11:30 am EDT.

Decision makers in the Canadian and Romanian nuclear industry come together for an actionable conversation on future collaboration between the two countries. Come for the conference stay for the two days of B2B matchmaking on March 9 & 10, 2021. After the conference ends companies will be able to participate in pre-scheduled B2B meetings through the MyBusinessMatches platform.

Get Involved

March 2 & 3, 2021: Click here to register for the Conference – Free for OCNI members

March 9 & 10, 2021: Click here to complete the online trade mission application. Please note priority for this mission will be given to OCNI and ROMATOM member companies.

Interested in sponsoring? Contact Nav Dhaliwal today


Tentative Schedule

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

7:00 – 7:05 am Introduction to Cernavoda NPP

7:05 – 7:45 am Opening Remarks

7:45 – 7:55 am Keynote Address – Prof. Ion Purica ROMATOM

7:55 – 8:10 amNETWORKING BREAK for the participants registered to the event page in in the MyConnector platform

8:10 – 9:05 am Cernavodă Unit 3 & 4

Following the termination of the previous round of negotiations, Romania is seeking to identify new investors for Cernavoda CANDU Units 3&4. This important project will double Romania’s nuclear capacity in order to meet increasing power demand, enhance security of supply and reach climate change targets. The Project is contemplated by the all scenarios of “Romania’s Energy Strategy until 2030, with the perspective of 2050”, as well as in the “National Integrated Plan in the field of Energy and Climate Change (PNIESC) 2021-2030”. Unit 3 has to be operational by 2030, and Unit 4 soon after 2030. The foreign partners envisaged by the Romanian government are from the EU / NATO area.

9:05 – 9:20 am NETWORKING BREAK for the participants registered to the event page in in the MyConnector platform

9:20 – 10:15 am Cernavodă Unit 1 Refurbishment

Cernavoda NPP Unit 1 refurbishment process is a complex one, involving a wide supply chain, dedicated oversight team and a strict project timeline. The refurbishment outage is scheduled between January 2027 and December 2028 and at an estimated cost of 1.2 – 1.5 billion Euros. Unit 1 refurbishment project will result in an additional 30 years of safe, reliable, clean and efficient operation of Unit 1. The Cernavoda Tritium Removal Plant (CTRF) will significantly reduce the environmental radioactive emissions as well as the radioactive doses for workers, with strong effects during the refurbishment of Unit 1.

9:20 – 10:15 am Darlington Refurbishment

The Darlington Nuclear Generating Station has been a reliable source of power for Ontario for more than 30 years and the refurbishment program scheduled for the next 10 years will provide another 30 years of low-cost, reliable and clean energy. In 2016, after years of detailed planning and preparation, Ontario Power Generation’s (OPG) team of project partners, industry experts, energy professionals, and skilled tradespeople successfully shut down the first of four Darlington reactors scheduled for refurbishment. In June 2020, following more than three years in the execution phase, OPG successfully reconnected Unit 2 to Ontario’s grid at 100% full power. Unit 2 Refurbishment fast facts: 24 million hours worked since 2016; 765,000 hours spent on training in the Mock-up and Training Facility; 18 of 18 safety and infrastructure projects complete; 100,000 work order tasks processed.

10:15 – 10:30 am NETWORKING BREAK for the participants registered to the event page in in the MyConnector platform

10.30 – 11:25 am Nuclear Safety Regulatory Issues 

Ensuring safe nuclear plant operation is key objective of nuclear power plant designers, operators and nuclear regulators in Canada and Romania.  Romania’s CNCAN and Canada’s CNSC are long-term collaborators in the field.  Also, meeting the European Union’s nuclear safety requirements is a challenge for the nuclear industry in the Member States of the Union. The nuclear safety session will discuss how the Canadian – Romanian cooperation in nuclear plant safety will benefit   future CANDU projects to be developed in Romania.  

10:15 – 10:30 am NETWORKING BREAK for the participants registered to the event page in in the MyConnector platform

10.30 – 11:25 am Canada-Romania Universities Cooperation

Ensuring well-trained human resources is key for the advancement of the nuclear sector. Canadian and Romanian universities with  nuclear programs are developing  connections and look forward   to discussing further areas of R&D collaboration in developing and expanding various applications of nuclear technology both in Romania and in Canada.  

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

7:00 – 7:55 am Radioactive Waste Management and Disposal

Dealing with radioactive waste is one of the most important aspects in both Romanian and Canadian nuclear plant operations and in maintaining public support. Through collaboration, Romanian and Canadian nuclear waste agencies and research organizations can identify the best solutions. Here, as well as at the nuclear safety session, complying with  the EU legal framework represents an important challenge.

8:45 – 8:10 am NETWORKING BREAK for the participants registered to the event page in in the MyConnector platform

8:10 – 9:05 am Small Modular Reactors 

New, more easily deployable nuclear technologies are making their way into the industry, making nuclear power accessible to remote communities. Coupled with Gen IV innovations, SMRs are regarded by many countries as a key part of nuclear development. Romania has a long-term vision in the nuclear field, aiming to deploy competitive SMRs in the 2030s, while Canada is progressing vigorously with the release of its SMR Action Plan in December, 2020.

9:05 – 9:20 am NETWORKING BREAK for the participants registered to the event page in in the MyConnector platform

9.20 – 10:15 am Innovative Applications of Nuclear Technologies 

Applications of nuclear technologies go beyond nuclear power and include advances in cancer treatment, medical sterilization, and food preservation. Research and development in this field is identifying new beneficial uses of nuclear technology. The experience of the CANDU industry is relevant in this area, and Romania is a fertile ground for these applications. In addition, Romania’s progress in the field of Extreme Light Infrastructure (ELI) can create new bridges between the two countries.

10:15 – 10:30 am NETWORKING BREAK for the participants registered to the event page in in the MyConnector platform

10.30 – 11:25 am Canada-Romania Supply Chain Collaboration 

Canadian and Romanian companies with expertise in the nuclear field have a 50-year long history of collaboration on the Cernavodă CANDU plant, as well as on research and development. This collaboration can be extended to joint projects in Romania, Canada and third county markets.