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Areva CEO Says Japan May Restart Two-Thirds of Nuclear Reactors

Areva SA, the French maker of nuclear reactors, wants to boost safety-equipment sales as the company expects Japan to restart two-thirds of its atomic plants that were idled after the 2011 Fukushima accident.

Half a dozen reactors may restart by the end of this year in addition to the two that resumed operations in 2012, Areva Chief Executive Officer Luc Oursel said at a press conference near Paris today. “I think two-thirds of reactors will restart” within several years.