Romanian utility begins parts support at Cernavoda nuclear power plant

CLEARWATER, Florida, Feb. 9, 2001 à‚– Rapidpartsmart LLC, developer of the new powerful on-line parts search engine rapidpartsmart.com that helps member firms locate, buy and sell engineered parts, worldwide, has announced the commencement of RAPID(r) services to the Cernavoda Nuclear Electric Production Unit 1 (CNE-Prod), in Romania.

Owned by national utility Societatea Nationala Nuclearelectrica S.A. and located 180 km (110 miles) east of Bucharest, the 700 megawatt(e) CNE-Prod is the first of what are expected to be five CANDU Type 6 nuclear generation units to be constructed at the site.

Through the use of RAPID, member utilities including CNE-Prod and dozens of expected new utility members throughout Europe and Asia will have the ability for the first time to integrate data on millions of inventory items into routine purchasing decision-making. The increased operating flexibility and security made possible by access to the new supply data greatly improves the way utilities manage their spare parts inventory investments.

“As new members of the RAPID family we are very confident that after a period of integration into our internal procedures, great results will be seen from our use of RAPID. We thank the staff of rapidpartsmart.com for their help and support as we implement this great product,” said Vlad Gabriel Tirziman, CNE-Prod RAPID Administrator.

Kurt Mitchell, rapidpartsmart LLC Managing Director said, “We welcome Cernavoda into our existing community of more than 380 electric utility member sites. This includes every commercial nuclear generation plant in the U.S., Mexico and Canada – including all Canadian members of the CANDU Owners Group (COG) of which Cernavoda is also a member. Cernavoda’s RAPID membership will advance engineered spares coordination and shared solutions for replacement parts among the COG utilities as well as all other RAPID member utilities.

Headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, COG has been a strong supporter of the “Virtual Warehouse” tools that RAPID provides. Ujjal Mondal, COG Joint Projects Manager, commented, “The benefits of joint inventory data access among utilities is now well documented. The increasing international RAPID participation demonstrated by Cernavoda’s membership will further strengthen the cause of sharing inventory among all RAPID members worldwide. It is a win-win situation for all.”

Rapidpartsmart LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of SCIENTECH, Inc. Founded in 1983, SCIENTECH is a worldwide provider of expert services to the energy and telecommunication markets, with related support to government and industry. A Delaware corporation with offices located throughout the U.S. and the world, SCIENTECH supplies services and products that enable and enhance client operations by reducing risks, improving performance, minimizing costs and facilitating change.

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