Areva joins WANO and focuses on safety

The World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) have approved Areva (Euronext: CEI) as a Catergory 1 member and gathered to watch Chairman Luc Oursel sign the WANO charter in Paris, France this week.

Areva has joined as operator of La Hague nuclear fuel recycling facility in France.

Luc Oursel of Areva
“Safety has always been AREVA’s top priority. It is therefore natural for the group, as a nuclear site operator, to be part of WANO. We are committed to guaranteeing the optimum safety of our own industrial facilities and to contributing to the highest level of nuclear safety performance worldwide,” said Oursel.

“After Fukushima, it became clear that WANO is to become a major cornerstone for strengthening safety and that AREVA should become part of the association. We are ready to share our expertise in safety with the other members, and we look forward to benefiting from regular peer reviews by WANO experts and from WANO members’ decades of operating experience,” he continued.

Nuclear Engineering International reports that Category 1 members are operating companies, plant owners or organisations that have been authorised by one or more nuclear power plants or reprocessing facilities to represent them within WANO. They have voting rights in WANO General Meetings.

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