AREVA: Regulators Pave the Way to the Construction of the First EPRTM in the
PARIS -- December 13, 2012
AREVA (Paris:AREVA) welcomes the decision of the UK’s official nuclear
regulators to approve the design of the EPR^TM reactor for use in the UK. The
AREVA EPR^TM reactor is thus the first and only generation III reactor design
to have been awarded this certification in the UK. After the Hinkley Point
site was recently licensed, the certification of the reactor was the last
regulatory step to clear before the EPR ^ TM reactor can be built in the UK.
EDF Energy plans to build 2 EPR^TM reactors at Hinkley Point and should
confirm final investment decision at the earliest possible date.
After a four-year analysis, the UK Office for Nuclear Regulation and the UK
Environment Agency announced today that they will issue respectively a Design
Acceptance Confirmation and a Statement of Design Acceptability for the EPR^TM
reactor. The process had been delayed by extra scrutiny as a result of the
Fukushima event. The EPR^TM reactor passed that extra examination
successfully. The EPR^TM reactor is now the one and only generation III
reactor to be certified in 4 countries (France, Finland, China, UK).
To anticipate the construction of the Hinkley Point EPR^TM reactors, AREVA
announced yesterday in London that it had already signed memoranda of
understanding with 25 UK-based companies for the supply of components and
services. In all, 50 UK-based companies are already identified as having the
potential capability to meet the scope, which could be worth upto four hundred
million pounds to British industry.
AREVA CEO Luc Oursel said: “I am delighted by the UK regulators’ decision to
approve the design of our reactor. This is an additional proof of its
pre-eminence in terms of safety and performance. AREVA looks forward to
supporting the UK nuclear industry together with the UK-based companies. The
EPR^TM reactor is the only generation III reactor under construction in three
countries and now certified in four. It clearly gets ahead of its
AREVA supplies solutions for power generation with less carbon. Its expertise
and unwavering insistence on safety, security, transparency and ethics are
setting the standard, and its responsible development is anchored in a process
of continuous improvement.
Ranked first in the global nuclear power industry, AREVA’s unique integrated
offering to utilities covers every stage of the fuel cycle, nuclear reactor
design and construction, and related services. The group is also expanding its
operations to renewable energies – wind, solar, bioenergies, hydrogen and
storage – to be one of the leaders in this sector worldwide.
With these two major offers, AREVA’s 48,000 employees are helping to supply
ever safer, cleaner and more economical energy to the greatest number of
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