AREVA: A new stage in the construction work on the EPR in China: completion of the installation of the heavy components at

  AREVA: A new stage in the construction work on the EPR in China: completion
  of the installation of the heavy components at Taishan 1

A successful partnership with the Chinese utility CGNPC

Business Wire

TAISHAN, China -- January 22, 2013

Regulatory News:

During her visit today to the Taishan nuclear site (in Guangdong province),
Mrs Nicole Bricq, the French Minister for Foreign Trade, accompanied by Luc
Oursel, Chairman of AREVA’s Executive Board, and Henri Proglio, Chairman and
CEO of EDF, was able to see for herself the progress made in the construction
work on the two EPR reactors in China, carried out by the owner and future
operator of the site, the Taishan Nuclear Power Joint Venture Company
(TNPJVC), a 30% stake in which belongs to EDF, and the rest to CGNPC.

The building site for the 1^st reactor has entered a significant new stage
with the completion of the work installing the reactor vessel and the
installation of four steam generators and the pressurizer inside the reactor

The two EPR reactors currently being built in Taishan are benefiting from the
lessons learned at EPR reactor sites in Finland and France; the welding work
on the primary circuit^1 was completed 30% quicker than at the Olkiluoto 3

It is also thanks to the relationships forged since the start of the project
with the Flamanville 3 site, and the way that French and Chinese skills have
complemented each other, that the time between the first concrete being poured
and the installation of the dome was cut to just 24 months.

Before the installation phase, the lessons learned from experience also helped
to reduce the time taken to build the four steam generators, in France by 40%
compared to those having been built for other EPR reactors, making the French
nuclear industry more competitive.

At the end of the tour of the site, Luc Oursel announced: “The completion of
the installation of the heavy components is a major step forward in the
construction of the first EPR reactor in China. Completed in just 38 months
from the time the first concrete was poured, this shows that the work is being
done in excellent conditions, and that it is benefiting from the experience
that we have gained at other EPR sites as well as the quality of the
partnership with CGNPC. I am delighted that the Minister has been able to see
the progress of the construction work.”

Henri Proglio announced: “The installation of the heavy components at Taishan
reactor no. 1 demonstrates the extent to which 2012 was a year full of major
progress for the EPR site in China. Of course we owe this to the balanced
collaboration between the French and the Chinese”.

^1 The primary circuit of the EPR reactor is made up of 4 identical loops
connected to the vessel, each one including a steam generator, a pump and the
associated pipes.


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