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Cernavoda Tritium Removal Facility

Project Management, Coneptual Design and Safety Analysis
The Cernavoda Unit 1 in Romania came on line in 1996 with Unit 2 following in 2007. Both CANDU reactor units are top performers in terms of output generation and nuclear safety compliance.
Taking into consideration the normal increases of tritium levels in the moderator and Primary Heat Transport (PHT) with the maturing of the reactor units, SNN (Societatea Nationala Nuclearelectrica S.A.) made a decision to design and construct a Tritium Removal Facility (TRF) for the Cernavoda site that would process heavy water to extract the tritium and recycle the heavy water to the units for reuse. 
SNN awarded a contract for the conceptual design and safety assessment of a TRF to ICSI (National Institute for Research and Development for Cryogenic Technologies and Isotopes, Rm. Valcea, Romania) with Kinectrics International as a principal project management, design reviewer and safety assessment contributor. Kinectrics International completed a number of key tasks for the project.
Under Kinectrics’ project management, the conceptual design for the CTRF required for this stage of the project was completed by ICSI, CITON, CELIN and ISTECH and fully accepted by CNE Cernavoda.
The safety assessment process was designed to allow the Romanian nuclear regulator (CNCAN) to issue a Letter of Comfort demonstrating licensability of the CTRF.  CNCAN approved the safety documentation for the CTRF and issued the Letter of Comfort in late 2015.
The next step in the CTRF project is to appoint an Owner’s Engineer for the project who will assist CNE Cernavoda in selecting and awarding a contract for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of the facility.  The work completed during this phase forms the basis for the EPC contract enabling CNE Cernavoda to proceed with the tender process.