Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Co. (KHNP) has been selected as the final supplier of the nuclear amplifier and electro-magnetic interference (EMI) filters at the Chernaboda Nuclear Power Plant, which was ordered by Societatea Nationala Nuclearelectrica (SNN) of Romania worth about 1 billion won.
In particular, this order marks the first time that KHNP has achieved localization and made inroads into overseas markets through cooperative research and development with small and medium-sized enterprises.
Chernaboda Nuclear Power Plant is a power plant operating in eastern Romania, a heavy water reactor like the Wolseong Nuclear Power Plant in Korea.
The items will be used for Chernaboda Nuclear Power Plant No. 1 and 2, and the design and production of equipment and materials will be handled by Real Gain, a small South Korean company, and KHNP, which will handle quality control and device verification.
The corresponding items were domestically produced by KHNP as a collaborative research project with small and medium-sized companies and were used by Wolseong No. 1 to 4 reactors to verify their performance and safety.
It is expected that continuous supply of these items will be made in the future as regular replacement of these items is needed. It is also expected to have a positive impact on the selection of operators in which KHNP is preparing to participate in Romania, such as tritium removal facilities and the construction of a waste storage tank.
In September last year, the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy announced in a meeting of the Nuclear Power Export Strategy Council that it would expand its export strategy to all stages of nuclear power plants and promote global export industrialization by enhancing export capabilities of small and medium-sized companies.
"We expect to achieve additional results in the U.S., Eastern Europe and East Asia based on this achievement," said President Chung Jae-hoon of KHNP. "In particular, we will actively support technology development and overseas market exploration so that more small and medium-sized companies can enter overseas markets."