AREVA: Significant Progress Made in Preparing ATMEA 1 for Certification in
PARIS -- July 8, 2013
Developed jointly by AREVA (Paris:AREVA) and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
(MHI), the ATMEA1 reactor has passed the first stage in the pre-certification
process carried out by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC), which
has validated the objectives and global safety options of the reactor by
comparing them with the regulatory requirements for the construction of new
nuclear plants. The second and third stages will consist in performing an
in-depth analysis of the reactor design in order to ensure that the
certification process begins under the best possible conditions.
The third-generation ATMEA1 technology has advanced safety and security
systems similar to those of the EPR: resistance to aircraft crashes and
earthquakes, the latest-generation instrumentation & control, a core catcher
and three independent safety trains. These features meet the most recent
international rules and recommendations, including post-Fukushima
In 2012, the French Nuclear Safety Authority (Autorité de sûreté nucléaire -
ASN) confirmed that the ATMEA1 reactor met the defined safety criteria for
this generation of reactors.
Selected for the Sinop site in Turkey and pre-selected in Jordan, Brazil and
Argentina, the ATMEA1 reactor now has good commercial prospects worldwide.
« Safety authorities’ recognition of ATMEA1 safety options proves the
relevance of AREVA and MHI’s decisions in this field », declared Claude
Jaouen, Senior Executive Vice President of AREVA Reactors & Services Business
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