AREVA produces the first fuel assemblies for the Chinese EPR™ reactors
PARIS -- March 6, 2013
AREVA (Paris:AREVA) has just completed the first production campaign at its
Romans plant in France of the fuel assemblies destined for the Taishan 1 EPR™
These assemblies have been specially designed for this third-generation
reactor and, as they represent an important technological advancement, will
enable a significant increase in reactor performance in terms of safety and
An EPR™ reactor core consists of 241 fuel assemblies. The production of the
first Taishan EPR™ core will take place in three campaigns and will be
delivered to our customer TNPJVC in 2014.
From an industrial perspective, the manufacturing of a new type of fuel
presents additional challenges which the teams at the Romans plant were able
to meet by utilizing their specialized know-how in terms of engineering and
Luc Oursel, CEO of AREVA, stated: “We can all be proud to have achieved this
milestone. I would like to congratulate all the AREVA employees who have
worked on this project, from assembly design to component supply, and
production of the final assemblies.”
With the installation of the reactor vessel and the introduction of the four
steam generators and pressurizer into the reactor building at the end of 2012,
the work on the Taishan 1 EPR™ reactor is progressing rapidly.
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