US ousts China from Romania nuclear project
Romanian Energy Minister Virgil Popescu and US counterpart Dan Brouillette had initialled a "draft intergovernmental Agreement to cooperate on the expansion and modernisation" of Cernavoda in Romania's southeast, the US Department of Energy said in a statement.
Bucharest will gain access to "US expertise and technology", while a "multinational team" will take on the work of building the new reactors and refurbishing one of the existing ones, it added.
"Now we have a great clean American company, AECom, leading this $8 billion project, with assistance from clean Romanian, Canadian and French companies," Washington's ambassador to Romania Adrian Zuckerman said at the signing event.
The deal would "unshackle" Romania from China's "malign influence", Zuckerman said, adding that "the communist party's control of every Chinese company, domestically and abroad, poses an existential danger".
CGN had been the only company to bid when Bucharest put the project out to tender in 2014.
It has since then been added to a US blacklist of companies Washington accuses of trying to steal technology for military applications.