Areva was awarded a contract by the Canadian group SNC-Lavalin Nuclear to provide filtered containment venting systems (FCVS) for Units 1 and 2 at the 1,300 MW CNE Cernavoda nuclear power plant in Romania. The contract is part of a global cooperation agreement between Areva and SNC-Lavalin for CANDU-specific reactor designs. The project is planned for completion over the next 27 months.
Filtered containment venting systems prevent the buildup of excessive containment pressure and contribute to safe operations. It is designed for use in the event of a severe accident leading to the reactor core meltdown and the partial or total incapacitation of safety systems. In such an event, the FCVS operates to achieve a controlled reduction of the containment pressure thanks to the filtered venting that ensures the retention and recirculation of airborne activity within containment.
The FCVS technology is part of a global Safety Alliance framework through which Areva provides a range of safety analysis, upgrades and enhancements to help utilities meet post-Fukushima safety requirements.
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