Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy Adopts AREVA Technology for Filtered Containment
Venting Systems to Improve Safety of Nuclear Power Plants in Japan
Tokyo, June 4, 2013 - (JCN Newswire) - Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy, Ltd.
(Hitachi-GE) and AREVA today announced that they have reached an agreement
aimed at improving the safety of nuclear power plants through the delivery of
filtered containment venting systems (FCVS). The two companies intend to work
together, including the adoption by Hitachi-GE of AREVA technology for the
design, fabrication, and installation of these components. They will be used
for the boiling water reactors (BWR) in Japan.
Since the Great East Japan Earthquake, Hitachi-GE has stepped up its efforts
to improve the safety of nuclear power plants, and AREVA has already installed
FCVS in more than 50 plants worldwide. Hitachi GE has been working with AREVA
to study the functions and performance of FCVS suitable for installation at BWR
nuclear power plants in Japan.
This partnership combines AREVA's technology, experience, and know-how in
FCVS with Hitachi-GE's extensive technology, experience, and know-how
about BWR nuclear power plants in Japan to adapt FCVS and achieve early
delivery for these plants.
FCVS, a solution for enhancing the safety of nuclear power plants, plays an
important role in preventing damage to primary containment vessel (PCV) due to
pressure rises in situations where severe damage has occurred to the reactor,
such as following an event that goes far beyond the design basis event
criteria. FCVS is also a filtering system for removing the radioactive material
throughout different high efficient filter stages.
In addition to its ongoing role in the resolution of the accident at the
Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant and the rehabilitation of surrounding
areas, Hitachi Group also intends to continue contributing to society through
the supply of solutions that improve the safety and reliability of BWR nuclear
power plants, so that they can ensure the stable supply of electric power.
AREVA has established the worldwide "Nuclear Safety Alliance
program" in 2011 to provide qualified solution to enhance nuclear safety
of the power plants to mitigate severe accident conditions. 85 projects have
been launched in 16 countries for 42 nuclear utilities.
About Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy
Hitachi-GE, a joint venture established by Hitachi, Ltd. and General Electric
Company in July 2007, as one of the world's leading comprehensive plant
manufacturers, engages in the development, planning, design, manufacture,
inspection, installation, pre-operation, and maintenance of nuclear
reactor-related equipment and is able to execute integrated project management.
Hitachi-GE has been involved with 23 reactors in Japan to date, including those
currently under construction. Among them, it has participated in all of
Japan's Advanced Boiling Water Reactor (ABWR) projects-four ABWRs are
already operational and three are under construction. Overseas, it has supplied
major nuclear reactor equipment for the Lungmen Nuclear Power Plant in Taiwan.
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, bioenergy, energy
storage - to be one of the leaders in this sector worldwide.
With these two major offers, AREVA's 47,000 employees are helping to
supply ever safer, cleaner and more economical energy to the greatest number of
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