Along with the National Nuclear Program (NNP) has being launched in 1968, Romania’s option regarding the nuclear power energy and the structure of this Program was finalized. At the same time, upon the recommendation of an IAEA expert mission, the support infrastructure of the NNP was established, which was composed by: the Institute for Nuclear Technologies (ITN) on the Nuclear Platform of Mioveni and the Nuclear Power Plants and Facilities Design Division (PCIN) from the Institute for Power Studies and Design (ISPE).
ITN which subsequently became IRNE and later ICN, played a key role in proving the technical and scientific support for the launch of NNP, by developing the techniques and technologies for manufacturing CANDU nuclear fuel bundles, testing the experimental fuel elements in the TRIGA Research Reactor and evaluating the performance in operation, in the Post-Irradiation Examination Lab.
PCIN, became later IRNE-P, ISPE-ON and CITON. It was its mission to complete the development studies and site selection for the first nuclear power plant in Romania. As a General Designer Authority , it worked at the design and engineering activities of the Cernavoda Nuclear Power Plant, CANDU-6, in collaboration with AECL (Canada), ANSALDO (Italy) and General Electric (USA).
Over the years ICN and CITON have provided the technical and scientific support for the National Nuclear Program from its launch until its implementation, by commissioning Units 1 and 2 from Cernavoda, in 1996 and 2007, and by delivering equipments and services for the safety operations.
Today, the State owned Company Tehnologies for Nuclear Energy (RATEN), through its subsidiaries RATEN ICN and RATEN CITON, continues to provide the scientific and technological support for the development of Romanian Nuclear Power Program, for the safe and competitive operation of Units 1 and 2 from Cernavoda, to maintain the competencies for commissioning of Cernavoda’s Units 3 and 4 and other new nuclear power plants, to promote advanced generation IV reactors and implement the ALFRED demonstrator in Romania, to safely storage spent fuel and radioactive waste, to develop the R&D Programs, education and training in the nuclear field, as well as to sustain the international cooperation.
As Romanian legal entity, under the authority of the Ministry of Energy, RATEN owns:
• the leadership in the nuclear energy research in Romania;
• an unique research and testing infrastructure in Romania and among the few in the world;
• the capital of specific knowledge and experience in the field;
• extensive international relations.