SN Nuclearelectrica SA informs that Units 1 and 2 of CNE Cernavoda are working properly and in conditions of nuclear safety, and are not affected by the lowering of the Danube River levels reported by the National Institute of Hydrology and Water Management (INHGA).
According to the forecast INHGA passed for the period until the end of September 2015, the Danube levels will not prevent CNE Cernavoda to operate in optimal conditions, so power production will not be affected because of it.
Plant safety cannot be jeopardized in cases of extremely low levels of the Danube. In the hypothetical situation in which the Danube would reach such levels, according to plant procedures, orderly shut down of the two units will be applied, according to pre-set levels for each unit, so that there is enough cooling water flow to the reactors to maintain a safe state. In the extreme case of one or both units stopping, there is enough water in the intake basin to ensure the cooling of reactors by using special pumps.
Also for such extreme situations, CNE Cernavoda has provided assurance measures for cooling the reactors using a water pumping system from two deep wells.