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Bechtel and two consortia bid for Units 3 and 4 of Cernavoda Nuclear Power Plant

Bechtel Corporation and two consortia filed letters of intent and all the necessary papers for the tender for the construction of Units 3 and 4 of the Cernavoda Nuclear Power Plant (CNE), said the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Business Environment.

According to the cited source, EnergoNuclear SA, the developer of the project the scope of which are Cernavoda CNE Units 3 and 4, received on January 17 the letters of intent accompanied by all the necessary qualification documents from Bechtel International; the consortium made up of SNC Lavalin Nuclear Inc., Ansaldo Nucleare SpA and Elcomex IEA Company; and the consortium led by Atomtechnoprom Company.

The first consortium is led by SNC Lavalin, whereas the second consortium, acting under the lead of Atomtechnoprom, includes four companies based in the Russian Federation.

The evaluation commission is to analyze in the period to come the filed documentation, in order to decide the candidates that qualify for the next stages of the procedure, specifically the working out of the detailed technical specifications of the nuclear plant, the presentation and negotiation of preliminary bids, the negotiation of the final bids, designating the winning bid and the award of the contract.

The process of the acquisition of the Engineering, Procurement and Construction contract, run by EnergoNuclear together with its shareholders' representatives, started on September 16, 2010 and is scheduled to take place throughout 2011 and in H1 2012.

EnergoNuclear shares are held by Nuclearelectrica (51 percent of the stake), ArcelorMittal (6.2 percent), GDF Suez (9.15 percent), Enel (9.15 percent), Iberdrola (6.2 percent) and RWE Power (9.15 percent).

The Cernavoda nuclear power plant is currently operating with two reactors that cover 18 percent of the nation's electricity consumption.

The completion of the construction of Units 3 and 4 of the Cernavoda nuclear power plant will provide yet another nuclear capacity of roughly 1,400 MW, doubling the energy amount currently delivered by the plant. A few thousand jobs will be created during the construction period and opportunities will be generated for the Romanian industry to take part in the project.