Nuclear project reaches "major milestones" in UK

Areva said it has achieved major milestones for EPR construction projects in the United Kingdom by signing new agreements Feb. 17. The Areva EPR is a 1,600 MW Generation III+ reactor design.

Areva signed a cooperation agreement with Rolls-Royce to extend global cooperation which covers the manufacturing of components for new nuclear power plants and other nuclear projects in the UK and beyond. It follows a global agreement signed between the two companies in March 2011.

Rolls-Royce will supply Areva with equipment and technical and engineering services with an objective of £100 million in value for the first of its EPR reactors in the UK, planned to be built at Hinkley Point by EDF.

Areva also signed with EDF a memorandum of understanding (MOU) relating to the delivery of the nuclear steam supply system and all central instrumentation and control systems for the Hinkley Point C project.

Areva has been selected to build the nuclear steam generating systems for the first four EPR reactors planned for construction in the UK by EDF and is competing for a further two reactors for Horizon Nuclear Power. The group is also in preliminary discussions with NuGen for the construction of two EPR reactors.

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