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AREVA and Sulzer Team Up to Meet US Nuclear Industry Demand

for Pump and Motor Services

BETHESDA, Md., June 11 /PRNewswire/ -- AREVA's joint subsidiary with Siemens, Framatome ANP, and Sulzer Pumps Inc. have signed an exclusive teaming agreement to provide the US nuclear power industry with services for contaminated auxiliary pumps and seals for both pressurized and boiling water reactors in the United States. These services include onsite and offsite upgrade, repair and refurbishment of any OEM's equipment.

Framatome ANP is also investing $20 million in a new, 70,000 square-foot pump and motor service center in Lynchburg, Va., to be completed this summer. The new facility will greatly increase the company's capacity for upgrade, refurbishment and maintenance of contaminated nuclear plant pumps, motors and other equipment.

The teaming agreement positions the two companies to help meet the industry's increasing demand for pump and motor services in the United States. The reliability and performance of pumps, seals, and motors is critical for maximizing plant availability as well as facilitating plant life extensions and power uprates.

"This teaming agreement allows us to return pumps and motors to better-than-original condition, with improved performance and higher efficiency," said Buddy Jolley, Framatome ANP Inc.'s Manager of Pump and Motor Services.

"Sulzer has a long standing reputation as a quality supplier of reliable nuclear grade pumping equipment, repairs, parts and service. Our strength is in technical know-how and expertise in the design and operation of rotating pump equipment," said Bob Bluse, Sulzer's Vice President of Customer Support Services

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With manufacturing facilities in over 40 countries and a sales network in over 100, AREVA offers customers technological solutions for nuclear power generation and electricity transmission and distribution. The group also provides interconnect systems to the telecommunications, computer and automotive markets. These businesses engage 70,000 employees in the 21st century's greatest challenges: making energy and communication resources available to all, protecting the planet, and acting responsibly towards future generations. AREVA Enterprises, Inc., is headquartered in Bethesda, MD. For further information: .

Sulzer Pumps (US) Inc., the largest division of Sulzer Ltd., is a global leader in the development and supply of centrifugal pumps. Its product line extends from highly complex engineered pumps for special applications to an extensive range of configured pumps. Sulzer Pumps provides comprehensive and globally available pumping solutions to selected industries, mainly oil and gas, hydrocarbon processing, pulp and paper, and power plants. It is also a provider of technical support for all types of pumps and other rotating equipment. Sulzer Pumps employs approximately 4,600 professionals worldwide. For further information: .


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/CONTACT: Thomas Smith of AREVA, +1-704-805-2403, or; or Brian Wagstaff of Sulzer Pumps Inc., +1-503-226-5211; or /

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CO: AREVA; Siemens; Framatome ANP; Sulzer Pumps Inc. ST: Maryland, Virginia IN: OIL SU: CON -0- Jun/11/2004 17:00 GMT

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